Police Department

Employment – Qualifications
The following qualifications and standards are established to ensure hiring the best candidates for employment. BASIC qualifications and requirements are:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and have a good driving record.
  • Must have no felony or domestic violence convictions.
  • Must have ability to possess a firearm.
  • Must have High School diploma or equivalent
  • Must have minimum of 60 post-high school education credits at an approved college, university, or technical school.
  • Must be in good physical condition
  • Must pass physical, psychological, vision, and drug screen examinations.
  • The Waupun Police Department no longer requires applicants to be eligible for Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board Certification and is willing to sponsor motivated individuals who meet our qualifications.

In addition to the basic requirements above, IDEAL candidate qualifications are:

  • Mature individual
  • Possess good communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Computer literacy and operating
  • Good public relations skills
  • Good moral character
  • Ability to perform the essential job functions
  • Ability to react quickly and effectively to stressful situations
  • Able to work weekends, nights, and holidays
  • Able to handle several tasks simultaneously
  • Able to use all standard law enforcement equipment

Employee- Benefits

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The Waupun Police Department offers the following excellent benefits in addition to a competitive annual salary. (These benefits follow the current 2023-2026 Union Contract.) 

  • Annual Vacation and sick leave; 11 paid holidays per year
  • Health insurance; 85% paid by the employer; with city funded Health Savings Account
  • NEW in 2024! – Waupun Employee Wellness Clinic 
  • Direct deposit of paychecks; deferred compensation plan is available
  • Yearly uniform allowance
  • Employer/employee Paid Retirement into the Wisconsin Retirement System
  • Compensatory Time
  • Shift Differential
  • Short- and Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Dental-Vision Insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Training
  • No residency requirement
  • Lateral Transfer Opportunities
  • Advancement Opportunities: Certified Instructors, Field Training Officer, Drug Task Force Officer, School Resource Officer, K-9 Officer, Child Abduction Response Team, Investigator, Supervisor


Patrol Officer: Starting pay, currently, $28.55/hr, with top pay of $38.16/hr.  (Under current WI Professional Police Association Agreement)

Lieutenant: Starting pay, currently, $41.01/hr, with a top pay of $46.94/hr


Officers work a rotating 6 days on and 3 days off schedule (1950 hours annually).

7:00am to 3:00 p.m. – Day shift
3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Afternoons
11:00 p.m. to 7:00 am – Night shift

Lieutenant of Investigations work 5 days on with weekends/holidays off (2080 hours annually).

The Waupun Police Department no longer requires applicants to be eligible for Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board Certification and is willing to sponsor motivated individuals who meets the other requirements.

Use the Availability Notification form to be notified when new positions become available. 


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