Veterans LEAD

Veterans Law Enforcement Employment Assistance

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) are pleased to announce the LEAD (Law Enforcement Accelerated Development) program. Through a collaborative effort, veterans may now benefit from an accelerated pathway to becoming a certifiable law enforcement officer. Veterans who have one year full-time experience as a military policeperson (MP), from any branch of service, with a separation date of three years or less, are now able to take a reciprocity exam allowing them to waive Wisconsin's preparatory law enforcement officer training to be eligible for Wisconsin law enforcement certification. A conditional offer of employment is no longer required, for veterans, to take the exam.

Wisconsin's reciprocity process is intended for the transfer of law enforcement officers who have served as a certified or licensed law enforcement officer in another state, in the military, or in the federal government. Approved applicants must successfully complete the reciprocity exam with a score of 70% or higher to be eligible for certification. A passing exam score will grant the applicant a certifiable status in Wisconsin for 12 months. The fee to obtain occupational and professional licenses for qualified veterans has been waived.

What is the Reciprocity Exam?
  1. Eligible individuals who are currently serving as Military Police (MPs) in the Reserve and National Guard or have an honorable discharge from the military may be eligible to take the Reciprocity Exam in-lieu of having to attend the WI Law Enforcement Academy to gain certification as a Law Enforcement Officer in Wisconsin.

  2. A passing exam score will grant the applicant a certifiable status in Wisconsin for 12 months. There is no cost for the exam for military veterans who meet the criteria.

  3. The Reciprocity Examination consists of approximately 200 multiple choice questions derived from the topics covered in Wisconsin's preparatory law enforcement officer training academy.

  4. The exam is offered every third Thursday of the month at the Risser Justice Center, 17 W. Main Street, Madison, WI 53703. Start time for the exam is 0830 and one must register to take the exam at least a week prior to the exam date.

Veterans Eligibility To Take The Exam
  1. Applicants must meet the minimum employment requirements for law enforcement and tribal law enforcement officers set forth in Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter LES 2.

  2. Applicants must have completed preparatory 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 have served as Military Police (MP) with any branch of service for a minimum of one (1) year full time, left the service voluntarily with an honorable discharge and been out of the service for three (3) years or less.

How does one apply for the Reciprocity Exam?
  1. To be considered for the Reciprocity Examination, applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for the Reciprocity Examination may submit the Reciprocity Examination Application Packet to the Bureau. The packet is available below.

  2. Military Applicants need to submit a copy of their DD 214 if retired/separated or a document showing one full year of Military Police service if currently serving in the Reserve or the National Guard, along with a copy of their last evaluation, a summary of the last 2 years of duties and responsibilities as a law enforcement officer (MP), and a copy of the certificate showing completion of training to be awarded the MP Military Occupation Specialty (MOS).

  3. Mail completed form along with all the documents to Training and Standards Bureau, P.O. Box 7070, Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7070 or fax to (608) 266-7869.

Point of Contact for the Exam

For any questions please contact:

Jerry Mullen
Compliance Officer
Wisconsin Department of Justice
Training & Standards Bureau
(608) 266-7380 - desk
(608) 234-7432 - cell

WI Admin Code LES 2
Reciprocity Exam Application
Employment Opportunities
WI Law Enforcement Agencies

Directions to Risser Justice Center

Risser Justice Center • 17 W. Main Street • Madison, WI 53703

Nearby hourly (non-metered) parking is available in the Government East Public Ramp at Pinckney & Wilson Streets (200 S. Pinckney St., 100 E. Wilson St.), or in the 10 E. Doty St. Garage.

Directions to Government East Parking Garage:

Take US - 151 South (East Washington Ave.) toward the State Capitol.

Turn Left onto Hancock Street.

Turn Right onto E. Wilson Street (Veer Left and do not turn Right onto King Street). The Government East Parking Garage is on the Right.

Directions to 10 E. Doty St. Garage:

Take US - 151 South (East Washington Ave.) toward the State Capitol.

Turn Left onto Hancock Street.

Turn Right onto E. Wilson Street.

Turn Right onto Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Turn Right onto E. Doty Street (The Doty Street Parking Garage is in an office building on the Left).

Page updated:  07/03/2017