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The Boise Police Department has opportunities now for a rewarding and exciting career in law enforcement in a Capital City known for its abundant outdoor recreation, family friendly neighborhoods and a vibrant economy. Officers joining BPD can look forward to a career that offers advancement opportunities, numerous specialty assignments and ongoing leadership training. 

Boise PD is looking for individuals from all walks of life who embrace the Department’s service-oriented philosophy.  Boise’s outstanding quality of life is evidenced by the city’s #1 ranking by Men’s Health “Best Cities in America for Men” citing Boise’s healthy lifestyles, #4 in “Best Downtown’s” by and Outside Magazine naming Boise in its “Best River Towns in America” for the 26-mile Greenbelt, expansive parks and multiple hiking and biking trails along the river and nearby foothills.

The Boise Police Department is hiring in 2016. The next testing for entry level officer applicants will be in Boise on April 23rd and June 18th at Boise State University. To apply as an entry level officer, visit Public Safety Testing's website to register and select a test date.  

We will be holding lateral officer oral boards later in 2016. 

The qualifications to test with Boise Police are as follows: Join BPD 2

  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must be at least 20 years of age by the date of the written examination and 21 by the date of hire.
  • Have the equivalent of an Associate's Degree or completed 60 semester credits from a regionally accredited college (to verify if a college is accredited, click here),  
      • OR have an Idaho P.O.S.T. Intermediate Certificate. An out-of-state Intermediate Certificate equivalent may be substituted for the college requirement.
      • OR Individuals with prior military service must have complete 30 semester credit hours.
  • Applicants must have uncorrected vision in each eye of 20-200 with the strong eye corrected to 20-20 and the weaker eye to 20-60. Applicants who wear contact lenses are exempt from the uncorrected vision of 20-200, but must have the strong eye corrected to 20-20 and weaker eye corrected to 20-60. Exceptions may be made by the P.O.S.T. Council.

Automatic Disqualifiers with Boise Police are as follows:

  • Marijuana use within the past three (3) years
  • Other controlled substance use within the past five (5) years
  • Felony Convictions over the age of 18
  • DUI in last two (2) years
  • Two (2) DUI’s in last five (5) years
  • More than 5 traffic violations in last three (3) years
  • If you are unsure if you meet these requirements, please visit for Minimum Standards of Employment as accepted by the Idaho Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) Council.

The Boise Police Department is looking for people that have a passion for service and want a career in a most honorable profession.

Join BPD 1Progressive, Dynamic, Service-Oriented Police Agency: The Boise Police Department is proud to have established itself as one of the most dynamic and progressive law enforcement agencies in the Northwest. The Department actively builds and promotes pro-active and problem solving partnerships with schools, businesses, neighborhoods and community groups. The Department's Strategic Plan outlines goals designed to meet the challenges of public safety for the future while holding the Department to the highest standards of Community Policing and public service designed to continue earning the trust and confidence of Boise citizens.



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Boise Police Officer Opportunities 

The Boise Police Department has many opportunities for a rewarding and exciting career in law enforcement for quality men and women from all walks of life. Officers joining BPD can look forward to a career that offers opportunities for advancement, specialty and leadership training.

The Boise Police Department has a tradition of excellence, and is proud to have established itself as one of the most dynamic and progressive law enforcement agencies in the Northwest.  The Department has worked tirelessly to continue earning the trust and confidence of Boise citizens and is proud of the partnerships developed with schools, businesses, neighborhoods and community groups.

The Department's Strategic Plan outlines goals designed to meet the challenges of public safety for the future while holding the Department to the highest standards of Community Policing and public service.

Boise Police Mission Statement:

To Protect, Serve and Lead our Community to a Safer Tomorrow

Guiding Principles: 

Safety: Preserve life, protect property, and respect constitutional rights while enforcing the law with fairness and impartiality. Safety is of paramount importance in all aspects of our work.

Service: Provide courteous police service. Embrace community input and involvement to enhance public safety, prevent and solve crime, and address quality of life issues. Exceed our customers' expectations for service.

Leadership: Strive to maintain the proud tradition of our past while meeting the challenges of our future. Believe in doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, and for the right reasons.

Accountability: Operate openly, maintaining public trust and confidence. Make decisions in the best interest of the community we serve. Be courageous, fair, and decisive.

Professionalism: Demonstrate professionalism and uphold the law treating everyone with respect and dignity. Uphold the highest ethical standards. Demonstrate honesty and integrity in our words and in our actions.

Creativity: Provide an individualized and innovative approach to each situation. Seek employee input to continuously improve our practices, programs, and services.

Does the following describe you?

  • Honest, ethical and of high moral character
  • Committed to serving and working in partnership with your community
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills
  • Looking for a rewarding career in one of the finest cities in the country

If so, then we are interested in you and feel that we have much to offer you. We anticipate a continual high number of openings for police officer positions due to the growth of our city and many upcoming retirements. We hope the information below will answer most of your questions about our department and our application and selection process. If you have further questions, please give our Police Personnel Office a call at (208) 570-6101 or e-mail us at Police Personnel . We look forward to hearing from you. WE PROUDLY PROMOTE DIVERSITY. WOMEN AND MINORITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.


Information Regarding Employment

Compensation Structure Salary is dependent upon the officer's prior experience and length of service. The Police Pay Schedule can be found here.

Probationary Police Officer - Probationary status for a period of one year from date of hire.

Police Officer I, II, III - Annual promotions based on satisfactory performance evaluations.

Shift Differential - Differential pay dependent upon shifts worked. 3% - Swings ; 5% - Nights.


  • Paid overtime or comp time for required work or court appearance.
  • A yearly clothing allowance of $1200 and a uniform cleaning allowance.
  • Health, vision and dental insurance for employee paid for by the city, cost share for dependent coverage.
  • Ten paid holidays.
  • Sick leave, accumulated at eight hours per month, with partial payment for accumulated unused sick leave annually upon reaching certain level of accumulation.
  • Retirement benefits under a State plan.
  • Accrued annual leave at 10 hours per month, increasing with time on the department, to a maximum of 18 hours per month.
  • Life and disability insurance options.
  • Deferred Compensation Plan - contributions of 6.2 % employee contributions optional.

Career Opportunities in the Department

Selective Traffic Enforcement Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Community Oriented Policing Forensics Document Examiner
Crime Scene Investigator Vice / Narcotics Unit  Crimes Against Persons Crimes Against Property
Field Training Officer Motorcycle Unit Crisis Negotiation School Resource Officer
Patrol Officer Child Abuse Checks & Fraud Unit Domestic Violence
Arson Investigator Auto Theft Background Investigator Armorer
Drug Recognition Expert Computer Forensics Special Operations Unit Bike Unit
PAYADA/ESRO Explosive Ordnance Detail Gang Unit Canine Unit
  Polygraph Examiner    

Please take a moment to read the Mission Statement and Operating Philosophy of the Boise Police Department. If you agree with these values and beliefs and are willing to subscribe to them as an employee of the Boise Police Department in service to and with the members of our community, we encourage your continued involvement in this selection process.

About Boise, Idaho

Boise is nestled along the Boise River where the desert meets the mountains. It's a city that major corporations choose to call home because they find urban amenities without urban hassles. Boise is a city that enjoys four seasons, but always with moderation, where your morning of skiing could be a warm-up for your afternoon golf game. here for more information on Boise. 


About Boise:

  • Average Housing Price in Ada County: $181,435
  • Average cost of a home in Q12012 was 84 percent of the national average
  • Consistently ranked by Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Inc. Magazine as one of the best places in the U.S. to live and work
  • Avg. Statewide Property Tax: 1.18%
  • Avg. Monthly Home Energy Cost: $125 (National Avg.: $135)
  • Boise School Dist. Avg Class Size: Elem. - 27 students; Jr. High and High School - 26.6 students. 
  • Average Commute Time: 18 min.
  • Boise Metro Population: 631,875
  • Boise City Population: 215,000
  • Cost of living is 95.3 percent of the national average
  • Boise Elevation: 2,840'
  • Annual Days of Sun: 234
  • Annual Precipitation: 12.1"
  • Annual Snowfall: 21.4"
  • July Avg. High Temp: 90.6
  • January Avg. Low: 29.1

*figures courtesy Boise Area Metro Chamber of Commerce

Applications can be made on line through Boise City Human Resources by clicking here