Police Officer Recruitment Process

Sun Prairie Police Department is currently accepting applications for Police Officer.  Deadline for Spring 2021 process in January 31, 2021.

After completing the application and meeting minimum standards, applicants will receive an invite by February 1st to a general knowledge written test to be completed remotely during the week of February 2-5, 2021.

Applications will then be ranked based upon candidate responses to questions on this application including:  Cultural diversity experience, problem solving and decision making experience, written test score, veteran/military service, bilingual skills, LESB certifiable status, 60 college credits, completed degree, connection to Sun Prairie, prior law enforcement experience, computer knowledge/experience, prior life experiences lending to an ability to perform as a police officer, experience in effective teamwork, awards/honors/commendations received, and community involvement/volunteerism to be invited to continue in the process.

The Police Commission will hold remote interviews on February 17, 18, 20, and 22, 2021; and rate each candidate on a percentage basis.  Candidates that score 140 points between the written test and Oral Interview will be placed on an Eligible List (each % score = one point)  Example:  60% on written and 90% on interview = 150 points. This Eligibility List is valid for a 12 month period.

Police Officers posing with kids

Sun Prairie has a lateral entry program where experienced officers may be eligible for higher starting pay and accelerated vacation.  Please contact the HR Department for more detail.

Sun Prairie has purchased copies of the Police Officer Written Test Study Guide. You can pick one up at either Police Station (limited hours due to COVID-19):

300 East Main Street - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM 

2598 West Main Street - Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM


Applicant Orientation Videos

The below playlist includes three videos: a brief introduction to the Police Department, a deep dive into the Organization and an overview of Field Training.

Interviewing Tips Video

How to prepare to for the Police Written Online Exam

Watch the below video for more information.