Lateral Recruit



Minimum Qualifications

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be at least 21 years of age by the date of hire (20 years of age by the date of the written examination)
  • MUST be a full-time, certified law enforcement officer with experience working patrol to be considered for this position. (When evaluating experience, we will consider the factors listed below.)
  • Have an Idaho P.O.S.T. Intermediate Certificate or equivalent
  • Be in good standing with the current department

Automatic Disqualifiers

Applicants MUST NOT:

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


Hiring Process

DateRecruitment Timeline

January 21, 2023

February 11, 2023

Physical Readiness Test (REQUIRED)

February 4, 2023:

February 7, 2023:

Voluntary Oral Board Prep
February 21 - February 24, 2023Oral Board Interviews (REQUIRED)
March/AprilBackground and Polygraph Testing (REQUIRED)
May/JuneFinal Onboarding Appointments (REQUIRED)
July 17, 2023Anticipated Academy Start Date

For questions and to sign up for the prep sessions, please contact Training Officer Knarr at 208-982-0892 or email

Factors We Consider When Hiring Lateral Officers

  1. Size and type of prior agencies
  2. Size/number of sworn officers - <49, 50 – 249, 250 – 500, 500-1000, 1000+
  3. Mission of the organization
  4. Specialty Positions, previous assignments, and special certifications
  5. Speak a second language fluently; language skills
  6. Level of education - Associates, Bachelor's, Master's degree, or Ph.D.

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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Pay Plans

BPD runs its own entry-level academy. You can get paid while you learn.

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