Join Our Team!

The DeForest Police Department (DFPD) is a forward-looking agency which partners with our community to enhance quality of life. The DFPD employs 25 full-time employees, including an authorized staff of 22 full-time police officers and currently encompasses 8.43 square miles with over 11,000 residents. The department operates with a Chief of Police, Captain of Police, Lieutenant of Police, 4 Sergeants, 2 rotating Detectives, 1 rotating School Resource Officer, 12 Patrol Officers, an Executive Assistant, and 2 Administrative Assistants.  The department responded to over 10,000 calls for service in 2023. If you're seeking a fulfilling and dynamic career in law enforcement, look no further.

Why DeForest?

The Village of DeForest is located in northern Dane County along Interstate 39-90-94 and serves as a northern gateway to Madison, the state capital of Wisconsin. The village currently has approximately 11,000 residents and is located in one of the fastest growing areas in Wisconsin.  The Village is known for its beautiful parks, top rated trail system, great schools, and small-town atmosphere while being a short drive to the many amenities of Madison.  The DeForest is also home to a portion of the beautiful Yahara River and Upper Yahara River Trail.

Entry-Level Opportunities

Are you considering a career in law enforcement? Our entry-level position provide a gateway to a rewarding and fulfilling career in public service. As an entry-level officer, you will undergo comprehensive training to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in the field. Whether you're a recent graduate or transitioning from another career, we welcome individuals who are dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of others.

Lateral Employment Opportunities

Are you an experienced law enforcement professional seeking new challenges and opportunities for growth? Our lateral employment program is designed for seasoned officers looking to bring their expertise and leadership to our department. By joining us as a lateral officer, you'll have the chance to contribute your valuable experience while continuing to serve with honor and distinction.


If you have any questions about the police recruitment procedure, please don't hesitate to contact our Recruitment Team, as we're here to assist you every step of the way.