In addition to having American citizenship, a valid driver’s license issued by the Idaho authorities and a high school diploma or equivalent; becoming a law enforcement officer in this state mandates that the candidate has to have 2 or more years of responsible work experience. This requirement can be compensated by attendance in a higher educational institution following high school graduation as well. It is necessary to point out that candidates who have been fired from a job due to a just cause will not be eligible to apply. 

Summary of the Minimum Requirements

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must have U.S. citizenship or naturalized status (documentary proof is required).
  • Should have a high school diploma or GED and at least 15 academic credits in an accredited college or university.
  • Must have good moral character.
  • Must have an honorable discharge (for former military personnel).

Potential Dis-qualifiers

  • A felony or misdemeanor conviction.

Here are some important details on how to become a police officer in Idaho:

The ISP Hiring Methodology

The selection process starts with an online application where candidates will be evaluated and based on the DHR note (pass or fail) they will become eligible for the oral and physical abilities examination or not. The oral examination (which you will be informed on the spot via an email from the Idaho State Police) will be held at the ISP headquarters in Meridian.

Candidates will answer a set of core questions and will be scored accordingly by a three-member panel commission. In general, the physical ability testing will be scheduled in the same day as the examination. Consequentially, candidates will need to careful that they bring the proper attire for each evaluation.

If a candidate passes all aforementioned tests, then he will have to undergo a polygraph, psychological and medical examination and will receive a final offer.

Drug Policy

The Idaho State Police considers drug consumption and possession as a disqualifier for candidates seeking employment and volunteers alike. It is important to note that involvement with strong drugs like opiates, cocaine, methamphetamine and so on, are instant disqualifiers.

In regards to the other drugs such as marijuana, anabolic steroids or prescription drug abuse, the candidates must have had no involvement for a minimum of 5 years previous to the application.

Trooper Training

In order to become a certified police officer in Idaho, a cadet must complete the 10 weeks of courses at the Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy. Probationary recruits who want to become troopers will need to follow an additional 12 to 13 weeks of advanced training courses where they will learn the basic skills and abilities of a successful trooper.

The next step to becoming a trooper entails a field training program, where the probationary recruit will be working closely with a journeyman trooper.

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For more information on becoming a police officer in Idaho, visit the Idaho POST website or call  208-884-7250.

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