Entry Level Recruit


Minimum Qualifications

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be at least 21 years of age by the date of hire
  • Possess a valid state-issued driver’s license
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent

Frequently Asked Questions

GI Bill Benefits

Prior military members who are eligible for GI Bill benefits can get a stipend for housing while attending our academy. 

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Automatic Disqualifiers

Applicants MUST NOT:

  • Have used marijuana within the past one (1) year
  • Have used other controlled substances within the past three (3) years
  • Have any felony convictions over the age of 18
  • Have received any DUIs in the last two (2) years
  • Have received two (2) DUIs in the last five (5) years or
  • Have received more than five (5) traffic violations in the last three (3) years

Hiring Process

BPD reserves the right to make changes to the hiring process based on department needs.

DateRecruitment Timeline

April 3, 2023

Applications Open

Applicants meeting minimum qualifications will receive an invitation to schedule their written exam.

May 6, 2023

May 30, 2023

June 24, 2023 - CANCELLED

August 19, 2023 - *NEW

Voluntary Written Exam prep

BPD will periodically offer prep sessions for written exams and oral boards. Applicants are welcome to purchase a study guide from IO Solutions.

Test Prep Materials

May 13, 2023

June 10, 2023

July 8, 2023

August 5, 2023

September 9, 2023

October 7, 2023


Top scores will be invited to schedule the PRT at a later date.

May 20, 2023

June 17, 2023

July 15, 2023

August 5, 2023

September 9, 2023

October 7, 2023

Physical Readiness Test (REQUIRED)
Applicants are required to select from one of three date options. It will take 5 - 6 hours to complete the required testing.

Applicants traveling more than 2 hours to the testing site in Boise can request a PRT at the time of the written exam.

Within one week of the PRT testing, those who pass will receive an invitation to an oral board interview.

May 23, 2023

June 24, 2023 - CANCELLED

July 22, 2023 - CANCELLED

August 19, 2023 - *NEW

In person Voluntary Oral Board Prep Session

May 30 - 31, 2023

June 26 - 27, 2023

July 24 - 25, 2023

August 28 - 29, 2023 (last interview date for January 2024 academy) 

September 25 -26, 2023

October 30 - 31, 2023

November 27 - 28, 2023

Oral Board Interviews (REQUIRED)

Applicants traveling more than 2 hours to the testing site in Boise, ID may request to do a virtual Oral Board or to take the polygraph on the same day as their interview. 

Applicants who pass their Oral Board will be notified within one week and and placed on an eligibility list for background selection. 

All applicants participating in an Oral Board after August will be considered for the July 2024 academy.

Estimated 3 - 4 week timeline

Background and Polygraph Testing (REQUIRED)

Applicants will be selected for backgrounds based on overall candidate ranking.

Applicants will be notified by email and required to submit the following documentation within 7 business days.

Personal History Statement

Personal Information Questionnaire 

Required Documents

Estimated 2 week timelineFinal Onboarding Appointments (REQUIRED)
Upon Final ApprovalFinal Offers

January 16, 2024

July 2024 (TBD)

Anticipated Academy Start Date

For questions and to sign up for the prep sessions, please contact Training Officer Knarr at (208) 982-0892 or email jknarr@cityofboise.org.

Wages and Benefits

Wages and Benefits

The Boise Police Department offers competitive wages and an excellent benefits package for incoming recruits.

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