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Officer Training, Employment, and Reciprocity

The following page includes information on the minimum requirements for law enforcement, jail, and juvenile detention officer employment and training in Wisconsin along with information on reciprocity for law enforcement and jail officers.

A factsheet specific to law enforcement hiring standards and training requirements is included below.

    Reciprocity (Information and Forms)

  • The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board (LESB) considers waivers of basic law enforcement training for applicants who meet certain eligibility requirements.

    The eligibility requirements for law enforcement reciprocity include:

    1. Applicants must meet minimum employment requirements (Chapter LES 2, Wisconsin Administrative Code).
    2. Applicants must have completed preparatory or basic law enforcement officer training in another state (or with the military or federal government) that is similar to Wisconsin's preparatory law enforcement officer training academy.
    3. Applicants must hold or have held employment as a certified or licensed law enforcement or tribal law enforcement officer in another state, or hold or have held military veteran status in a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) as a law enforcement officer (Military Police/Security Forces/Master of Arms), or hold or have held employment as a federal law enforcement officer. Employment must be full-time for a minimum of one-year beyond basic training, fully empowered and paid for all hours worked. The applicant must still hold law enforcement employment or have left law enforcement employment voluntarily with a good record and been out of full-time law enforcement employment for less than three years.

    Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for law enforcement reciprocity may apply via the Law Enforcement Reciprocity Examination Application (form DJ-LE-300) below.

    Questions about reciprocity should be directed to Jerry Mullen at mullenge@doj.state.wi.us or (608) 266-7380.

  • The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board (LESB) considers waivers of basic jail officer training for applicants who meet certain eligibility requirements.

    The eligibility requirements for jail reciprocity include:

    1. Applicants must meet minimum employment requirements (Chapter LES 2, Wisconsin Administrative Code).
    2. Applicants must have completed a preparatory correctional officer training program with the DOC; been employed by the DOC for a minimum of one-year full-time as a correctional officer; and left correctional officer employment with the DOC voluntarily, with a good record, and been out of that employment for three years or less. -or-  Applicants must have completed preparatory jail officer training that is similar to Wisconsin's preparatory jail officer training in another state; held employment as a certified jail officer in another state for a minimum of one-year full-time; and have left jail officer employment voluntarily, with a good record, and been out of that employment for three years or less.
    3. Applicants must have gained employment as a jail officer with a Wisconsin county jail. The employing agency must have a field training program that can provide sufficient training in the areas that a DOC correctional officer would be missing when coming into a jail officer position. Field training is also a requirement for officers who have held employment as a jail officer in another state. Field training needs to be completed in advance of the Jail Reciprocity Exam, and must include training in the following topics: Professional Communication Skills, Admitting and Releasing Inmates, DOC 350, Correctional Law, Inmate Supervision and Behavior Control, Jail Health Care, and Principles of Subject Control (POSC). The applicant must successfully complete the POSC Skills Competency Checklist for a LESB-certified POSC instructor. 

    Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for jail reciprocity may apply via the Jail Reciprocity Examination Application (form DJ-LE-301) below.

    Questions about reciprocity should be directed to Jerry Mullen at mullenge@doj.state.wi.us or (608) 266-7380.

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If you have questions about qualifications for officer training or employment, please contact the Training and Standards Bureau at tsb@doj.state.wi.us or (608) 266-8800.

Questions about reciprocity should be directed to Jerry Mullen at mullenge@doj.state.wi.us or (608) 266-7380.