Law Enforcement: Challenges and Rewards - View the video

Dave  Mahoney

Dave Mahoney
Dane County Sheriff's Office

115 W Doty Street
Madison, WI 53703

Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

Dave Mahoney has spent his career fighting crime, improving public safety and saving lives. Serving as the Dane County Sheriff since 2006, Mahoney leads one of the largest agencies in the state of Wisconsin. Sheriff Mahoney’s career spans 33 years, beginning with service as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Middleton from 1977-1985. He became a Dane County Deputy Sheriff in 1980, taking on assignments in the Dane County Jail, as a bailiff in the Dane County Circuit Courts and in the community on patrol. He was promoted to Detective in 1985, and has investigated more than 1,600 cases including major homicides and drug cases. Sheriff Mahoney’s early career included work as a City of Middleton police dispatcher (1978-79) and as a police officer in the Village of Cross Plains (1979-80). He attended Madison Area Technical College (1977-80) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1984). He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Mount Senario College in Ladysmith, Wisconsin in 1994.

Keeping our communities safe is a highly regarded job that many young people consider pursuing. A career in law enforcement can be demanding but it can also bring about a great deal of satisfaction in helping others. Learn from one of the state’s top cops about what it takes to become part of the force and what kinds of skills and opportunities you will obtain in law enforcement. (Running Time 22:54)