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Posting Begin Date: 2024/02/02
Posting End Date: 2024/03/03
Category: Law Enforcement
Sub Category: Public Safety
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Statewide, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 25.75
Maximum Salary: 34.33
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on March 3, 2024 

The Idaho State Police (ISP) has an exciting career opportunity available for those interested in enforcing laws, serving people, and enhancing the quality of life in the State of Idaho. ISP is currently looking to fill urban and rural Trooper positions throughout the state with both new recruits and seasoned officers. Qualified men and women are all encouraged to apply.

PLEASE NOTE: The successful applicant will be required to pass a polygraph examination and background investigation. Please review the ISP Drug Policy and ISP Grooming and Appearance Standards to ensure compliance. Applicants must also complete psychological, medical, physical fitness and drug screening. Inaccurate, withheld, or concealed information will be cause for rejection. A conviction or withheld judgment for any local, state, or federal crime may be grounds for rejection.


Lewiston: Fitness Testing March 24, 2024, Oral Board Exam Panel Interviews, and potential further testing March 25-27, 2024.

Meridian: Fitness Testing April 7, 2024, Oral Board Exam Panel Interviews, and potential further testing April 8-12, 2024. 

Pocatello: Fitness Testing April 14, 2024, Oral Board Exam Panel Interviews, and potential further testing April 15-18, 2024.

ISP ADVANCED TRAINING COURSE: ISP provides a comprehensive program that incorporates POST certification into the ISP Advanced Training Course (ATC). This ATC will be held in Meridian, Idaho and is scheduled to begin on July 7, 2024, with graduation on December 6, 2024.

LATERAL APPLICANTS: To be considered as a lateral, you must hold a current POST Basic Patrol (or higher) Certificate, whether in Idaho or another state, and have at least three (3) years law enforcement experience in patrol.  You must also upload your POST Certificates and verification of employment dates with your application.

Lateral Portion of ISP Advanced Training Course: ISP has developed a modified, yet comprehensive training program, starting on July 7, 2024. Lateral Recruits attend portions of the ISP Advanced Training Course in Meridian, then go to their assigned districts for Field Training. Lateral Recruits will return to Headquarters the last week of the academy for graduation on December 6, 2024.

Years of Law Enforcement Exp.

Base Pay Rate Per Hour

3 to 5.9 years


6 to 8.9 years


9 or more years


*ISP values the training and experience brought by lateral applicants. Additional pay opportunities exist through ISP’s Career Ladder program titled, Project CHOICE.

As an example, a three-year police officer that brings specific training and experience could potentially be paid:

Base Pay


Bachelor’s Degree

$1.25/hour from hire date

Spanish Proficiency

$0.30/hour upon completion of FTO

Certified POST Instructor

$0.30/hour upon completion of FTO

Kaminsky FTO Training

$0.35/hour upon completion of FTO

Interview and Interrogation

$0.10/hour upon completion of FTO

Drug Recognition Expert

$0.30/hour upon completion of FTO


$29.40 (Pay after completion of FTO)

With Shift Differential (5% hourly rate)



$30.69/hour (Pay after completion of FTO)


Project CHOICE for ALL Applicants: The Project CHOICE plan distributes pay increases to employees for specialized training or the attainment of certifications and other achievements relevant to their job class and the ISP mission.

All Project Choice increases and specific requirements are set forth in the current CHOICE plan.

 CHOICE points for academic degrees are available from hire date while the other CHOICE points become available upon completion of FTO.

Contact ISP Human Resources for additional information at 208-884-7018.


  • Provide assistance and service to the citizens of Idaho - perform traffic control and enforcement
  • Conduct motor vehicle crash investigations - prepare reports
  • Conduct criminal investigations - process and investigate crime scenes
  • Effectively present testimony in a court of law
  • Be proficient in the use of firearms
  • Many other duties as assigned
  • Some specialty assignments include crash reconstruction, firearms instructor, drug recognition expert, field training officer, motorcycle patrol, capitol security, and commercial vehicle safety.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must meet the entrance requirements outlined in Idaho Administrative Code 11.11.01 – Rules of the Idaho Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) Council.

  • Shall be a citizen of the United States
  • Must be a graduate of an accredited high school, or GED equivalent
  • Shall be a minimum of twenty-one (21) years of age
  • Possess a valid driving license from their state of residence and qualify for an Idaho driver's license
  • Fingerprint clearance by the Idaho State Police Bureau of Criminal Identification and the FBI. A conviction or withheld judgment for any local, state, or federal crime may be grounds for rejection
  • Successfully complete a background investigation
  • Attest to the Code of Ethics/Standards of Conduct on Idaho POST application

Additional Minimum Qualifications:

  • Applicants must successfully complete a polygraph examination
  • Must meet the Idaho State Police (ISP) Drug Policy requirements
  • Must meet the ISP medical, vision, hearing, psychological, and physical fitness requirements
  • Must have two (2) or more years of responsible work experience or attendance at an institution of higher learning following high school graduation
  • Must successfully complete the ISP Advanced Training Course, including obtaining a POST Basic Certification, and the post-graduate Field Training Evaluation Program (FTEP).


Supplemental Information:

Why Choose The Idaho State Police: Learn about our exceptional quality of life.

Work Shifts: Shifts may vary depending on department needs, location, and specialty area. Many Troopers currently work four, 10-hour shifts per week with rotating days off. Troopers must be willing to work nights, weekends, and holidays. On-call, overtime, and emergency work are required.

Work Location: Patrol activities are most often performed alone and unsupported in remote geographic areas. Some positions require establishment of residence in a specific geographic location. Applicants must be willing to work anywhere in Idaho. ISP attempts to accommodate work location choices whenever possible; however, assignments will be based on department staffing needs. Transfer requests are typically not considered for two years from time of hire.

Successful candidates will be required to sign a two (2)-year Assignment, Transfer or Promotion Commitment Agreement as part of the final job offer.


The State of Idaho offers a robust total compensation package, including medical, vision, and dental insurance; PERSI retirement benefits; paid sick, vacation, and parental leave; and 11 paid holidays per year. For additional information related to benefits and/or State programs, please visit*


The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.