How To Become A Police Officer In Idaho

A police officer or also known as a law enforcer is someone who patrols the streets and neighborhoods using a car, motorcycle or on foot to make sure that people are following traffic rules, maintains peace and safety in the community by preventing crimes.

Responsibilities of a Police Officer

In general a police officer is responsible in protecting and keeping the state safe by preventing and eliminating crimes, preserving peace, regulating traffic and responds in emergency situations and performs other duties related to the profession.

  • Checks and confronts raising problem situation.
  • Keeps evidences and apprehends suspects with accordance to the state’s standard procedures.
  • Responds quickly to distress / crisis and emergency situations or events like fire, accidents, disasters, riots and others.
  • Investigates in traffic accidents
  • Makes proper reports pertaining to investigations and arrests.


  1. Must be 18 years of age
  2. High School graduate or GED
  3. 2 years or more experience of responsible work after graduation
  4. Citizen of the United States
  5. Fingerprint clearance (Idaho State of Police Bureau of Criminal Identification and the FBI
  6. Has not been convicted to any crimes related to felony, misdemeanor, drugs or grave  misconduct
  7. Valid driver’s license
  8. Proficient in using a firearm
  9. First Aider
  10. Physically fit to perform the duties as expected
  11. Psychologically healthy
  12. Good communicator
  13. Ability to exercise independent judgment
  14. Responds and quickly process information; critical thinking


Here are the steps to become a police officer in Idaho 


As mentioned above, the candidate who wishes to become a police officer in Idaho needs to meet the requirements and qualifications.

Additional requirements are as follows:

  • Be able to meet the State Police Drug Policy requirements
  • Be able to meet the Officer training and standards in vision and auditory requirements
  • Be able to meet the Physical health status standard (Test Battery)


  • The training program consists of classes and fieldwork which lasts for 14 weeks (more than 3 months)
  • Training the candidates on concepts and skills needed to be successful
  • Must be able to pass the written and oral examination prior to graduation