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 five years or more consecutive experience working patrol to be considered for this position. (Other factors will be considered when evaluating the five or more years of experience. See 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 three (3) years,
  • 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
June 8, 2022Recruitment/Application Opens
August 26, 2022Recruitment/Application Closes
August 29 - September 2, 2022Applicant Oral Board Self Scheduling
September 2, 2022Deadline to Submit Personal History Statement
September 8 - September 14, 2022Oral Boards
September 30, 2022Deadline to Submit Documents for Backgrounds
January 16, 2023Academy Starts

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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