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 five (5) 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

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

Voluntary Written Exam prep

Test Prep Materials
(BPD recommends any of the NCJOS12 Options)

May 13, 2023

June 10, 2023

July 8, 2023

Must score 70% or higher to advance.

Those who pass the written test will be invited to schedule the PRT.

May 20, 2023

June 17, 2023

July 15, 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

July 22, 2023

In person Voluntary Oral Board Prep Session

May 30 - 31, 2023

June 26 - 27, 2023

July 24 - 25, 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 start the background process.

Estimated 3 - 4 week timelineBackground and Polygraph Testing (REQUIRED)
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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