Special Agent

WI Statewide
Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation

The Wisconsin Department of Justice/Division of Criminal Investigation is recruiting for the position of Special Agent. The results of this recruitment may be used to fill vacancies over the next 6 to 12 months. Vacancies could occur in any Wisconsin county. Primary office locations are in Madison, Milwaukee, Appleton, Eau Claire, and Wausau.

Starting annual salary is between $75,000 and $80,267, depending on qualifications, plus an excellent benefit package.


Special Agents are sworn law enforcement officers who provide assistance to local law enforcement agencies and investigate crimes of statewide importance and/or those that require highly specialized investigative resources. Special Agents: Carry firearms and conduct criminal investigations; perform undercover investigations and surveillance operations; execute search warrants; make arrests; prepare evidence and testify in court; process crime scenes; interview witnesses and interrogate suspects; maintain records and prepare reports; participate on teams; adapt and react to diverse situations; function in high stress situations. Special Agents may be assigned to any of the following units:
Arson - investigate fires of a suspected incendiary nature, explosions of criminal origin and fires involving loss of life.
Cyber crime - investigate cyber crime activity and coordinate with organizations regarding cyber security incidents. Provide investigative assistance to private sector companies or entities that are the victims of a cyber attack and leverage the DCI Digital Forensic Unit to conduct network and machine forensics to help determine the responsible party for the cyber attack.
Drug enforcement - conduct high-level drug trafficking investigations through independent investigations along with other agencies.
Financial Crime and public integrity - investigate complaints regarding embezzlement, securities fraud, identity theft and criminal anti-trust matters and criminal violations by public employees or government entities, including public records and open meeting violations.
Human Trafficking - investigate crimes involving exploitation of a person for labor, services or commercial sex.
Internet Crimes Against Children - investigate crimes against children, facilitated by technology.
Major Crimes - investigate homicides, organized crime and other significant criminal cases of statewide interest.


Applicants must meet WI Law Enforcement Standards Board requirements, which include a thorough character and background investigation, finger printing, drug screening, physical examination and psychological testing. Applicants must also:
- Be at least 21 years of age upon appointment.
- Possess/be eligible to possess a Wisconsin driver's license upon appointment.
- Have no unpardoned felony convictions or convictions of domestic violence offenses.
- Be willing to accept a position anywhere within the state of Wisconsin, and be willing to relocate at own expense if required.
- Be law enforcement-certified in the state of Wisconsin OR be eligible to take the reciprocity examination.
- Be free of Brady or Giglio disclosure obligations for testimony in court.

A minimally qualified applicant will have sworn law enforcement experience in an investigator/detective position OR assignment to investigative units such as a regional drug unit, gang squad, federal task force, which includes enforcing state laws, obtaining search warrants or subpoenas, interrogating suspects, and briefing prosecutors. Experience may include any specialized assignments such as field training officer, dive team member, tactical/SWAT team, instructor, community service officer, school liaison officer, or assignment to a specialized investigative unit such child abduction response team or clandestine lab response team.