Committed to Excellence. Committed to Community.
The City of Sparta was incorporated in 1883 and the Sparta Police Department developed a short while after. In the early years, the police department and fire department were joint services with officers trained to enforce the law and combat fires. In fact, the police department’s current building once served as the City’s fire department and jail. Today, the two services are housed in separate buildings and the fire department is now a volunteer service.
The Sparta Police Department serves a population of over 9,500 residents, with 19 sworn officers, one code enforcer, and two non-sworn administrative assistants. The department operates around the clock and typically responds to 19,000 or more calls for service each year. The department is involved in various programs and officers have the opportunity to participate in special assignments including the Monroe County Combined Tactical Unit, West Central Metropolitan Enforcement Group, School Resource Officer, and Bicycle Patrol Unit.
- Dial 911 in an emergency
- Non-emergency phone number 608-269-3122
June 1, 2017
The Sparta Police Department and the City of Sparta benefit from a Police Reserve Program, made-up of volunteer reserve officers. These police reserve officers are trained to assist the Sparta Police Department and the community in times of special events or assignments, natural disasters, emergencies or routine duties. Primary duties would be to augment and supplement the Police Department's patrol force, make good decisions and act under pressure, and be required to participate in monthly meetings and trainings, scheduled events, and routine police duties/emergencies as needed. To apply to be apart of the Police Reserve Unit, please click the link below or stop by the Sparta Police Department lobby at 121 E. Oak Street, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Volunteer-Reserve Application
June 22, 2016
Know anyone looking for a part-time job? We are looking for school crossing guards. Pick up an application at the Sparta Police Department or click the link below. Starting pay is $11.50/hour. Employment App
February 23, 2016
Sparta PD is gearing-up for our next Citizens Academy! This is an excellent opportunity to interact with members of the police department while getting hands-on experience with police vehicles and equipment. Come and learn more about what we do! The 2016 Citizens Academy will be held every Tuesday night from 7:00pm - 9:00pm beginning April 5th. The program will run for 8 weeks with 2 Saturday sessions. Just a few of the activities include facility tours, police ride-alongs, K-9 unit demonstrations, emergency vehicle operations, taser and firearms use... you won't want to miss out on all the fun! Applications are available in the lobby of the Sparta Police Department or can be found by clicking the link below. All applications are due in our office by Monday, March 28th. Citizens' Academy Application
December 18, 2014
The City of Sparta has created a Mayor's "Blue Ribbon Committee." This Committee has been charged with seeking answers to both the current state of the Sparta Police Department as well as space requirements needs for the next 30 years. This comprehensive study was performed by The Justice Planning Group. The final report may be found here.