BPD Lateral Entry

To qualify for the Boise Police Department Lateral Entry program you must meet the following eligibility

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  • 21 years of age by date of hire
  • 64 college academic credits or the equivalent of an Idaho Intermediate (or higher) Certificate
  • Must be a sworn officer with valid certification in good standing

Applications for lateral entry police officer are accepted on a continuous basis.Please visit the “Employment” page at hr.cityofboise.org to apply.  

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.

Qualifications - 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 completed 64 semester credit hours of academic study from an accredited college as accepted by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, or have an Idaho P.O.S.T. Intermediate Certificate. An out-of-state Intermediate Certificate equivalent may be substituted for the college requirement.
  • Be of high moral character and free of any recent major or habitual violations of the law, including drug usage or other activities or associations that would affect credibility as a police officer. Applicants must not have been convicted of a felony and must possess or be able to acquire a valid Idaho driver's license. Certain other criminal or driving convictions may also be grounds for rejection.
  • 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.
  • Applicants must pass a physical fitness assessment and medical examination and be able to perform all essential functions of the position with or without accommodation.

Compensation Structure Salary is dependent upon the officer's education or P.O.S.T. certification.

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

Lateral entry officers may be eligible for additional pay up to a maximum of a POII dependent on their experience. Pay determination to be made by Chief of Police.         

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

Current Salary Chart


$40,851 - $45,074

Police Officer I

$48,610 - $52,707

Police Officer II

$50,565 - $54,642

Police Officer III

$60,216 - $64,293

Police Officer III At 5 yrs

$63,232 - $67,517

Police Officer III At 10 yrs

$65,749 - $70,200

Police Officer III At 15 yrs

$69,326 - $73,986

Police Officer III At 20 yrs

$73,965 - $78,936


$77,251 - $81,661

Master Sergeant

$80,850 - $83,720

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    

Selection Process:

Thank you for your interest in a career with the Boise Police Department. You have chosen to consider one of the finest law enforcement organizations in the country as your prospective employer. The Boise Police Department is a community oriented policing agency and is committed to working in partnership with the citizens of Boise to solve problems and provide a safe and healthy environment in which to live. A career in law enforcement will present you with many great challenges and at the same time provide you with rewards unmatched in most careers. Because of the challenges faced by the law enforcement officer today, our selection process is designed to select those applicants who are most equipped to excel in this profession.

13707_BoiseOfficerstrafficstop.jpgThe selection process is very thorough. The successful applicant and law enforcement professional must have certain characteristics and many skills and abilities. Some skills and abilities you must possess now. Some we will help the successful applicant attain during our initial training program for new officers. During the selection process, we will assess the skills and abilities you currently have. We will also assess the characteristics and traits you possess as an individual. It is of utmost importance to the Boise Police Department that we hire people who are of high integrity and are committed to serving all the citizens of Boise. We seek employees who will work in partnership with citizens to address their concerns in providing a safe and enjoyable environment in which to live.

The information below will provide you with information about the specific steps in our selection process and hopefully answer many of your questions about this process. The steps below are the normal sequence of events; however, an applicant may be scheduled to complete more than one step on the same day. Our goal is to provide you with the information that you need and desire about your potential employment with the Boise Police Department. You can e-mail us at   or call us at 208-577-3844. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. Again, we appreciate your interest in the Boise Police Department and a career of service to our community.

There is no written test for lateral entry applicants  who meet the eligibility requirements as stated at the top of this page.

Applications will be reviewed to insure that applicants meet the minimum qualifications for the position, are willing to comply with general work requirements, and do not have disqualifying criminal or driving records.

Oral Interview Phase

The oral interview phase is a critical step in the selection process and one for which you should be fully prepared.5209_officerfromdepotbypatrolcar.jpg Applicants may be interviewed one or more times and those applicants who do not receive a passing score on an interview do not proceed in the selection process. These applicants, if committed to pursuing a career in law enforcement, are encouraged to improve upon their areas of weakness and re-apply in future application processes. Boise Police Personnel will offer suggestions for improvement to those applicants who are interested in re-applying and serious about continuing to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Among the many things to be assessed in the oral interview phase are:

  • Integrity
  • Commitment to serving people equally and fairly
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Philosophy of policing
  • Judgment, decision-making, and problem solving
  • Communication skills
  • Preparation and work experience.

The interview or interviews will vary in length. Expect to be challenged by the interview, but strive to relax and be yourself. Honesty is of utmost importance during the interview as well as in all phases of the selection process. Dishonesty at any point in the selection process will result in your disqualification for employment with the Boise Police Department.

You should consider the oral interview phase as a critical step in our selection process. You should be well-prepared to be challenged intellectually and to demonstrate your commitment and enthusiasm to enter a career of service to and partnership with the citizens of our community. It may be helpful in your preparation to question others who have participated in oral interviews if you have not been through a similar process.

Personal History Statement

The Personal History Statement is a lengthy document that you will complete. This document will provide us with a great amount of information about you. Areas about which you will be asked to provide information are:

  • Personal identifying information
  • Relatives, references, and acquaintances
  • Education
  • Residence information
  • Prior employment
  • Financial information
  • Legal and driving history.

This document will be used to aid in the completion of a background investigation. Providing any false information or intentionally omitting information on this form will result in your disqualification for employment with the Boise Police Department. DO NOT send this completed form into police personnel until you are requested to do so.

Physical Fitness Test

Applicants must successfully pass the physical fitness test approved by the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training, to be accepted into the POST Academy. This test is comprised of the five following areas:

  • Vertical jump - minimum of 14 inches to pass.
  • Sit-ups in one minute - minimum of 15 repetitions to pass.
  • Push-ups - minimum of 21 repetitions to pass.
  • 300 meter run - maximum time of 77 seconds to pass.
  • 1.5 mile run - maximum time of 17 minutes and 17 seconds to pass.

If achieving the above minimum levels of performance required to pass this test is of concern to you, please contact Police Personnel for additional information and recommendations on how to prepare for this test.

Polygraph Examination

The polygraph examination is used to confirm the truthfulness of information already supplied to the department by the applicant as well as further explore areas such as:

  • Prior employment performance issues
  • Drug usage
  • Criminal activity
  • Blackmail issues

Applicants must fully and truthfully respond to all inquiries by the polygraphist. Honesty is required of applicants as well as our employees. Information learned during the polygraph examination is held in strict confidence. Information is reviewed by Boise Police Department administration for compliance with our standards.

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The Boise Police Department places great emphasis upon completing a thorough and complete background investigation on applicants. Each background investigation takes an average of 40 - 60 hours of the investigator's time to complete. The investigator will review the Personal History Statement and Polygraph Examination as the first steps of the investigation. It is possible that an applicant may provide information in the Personal History Statement, or the Polygraph Examination may reveal information, that does not meet the standards of the Boise Police Department. If this occurs, the applicant will be disqualified for employment and a complete background investigation will not be conducted.

During a background investigation the investigator will contact numerous people who can provide information to us concerning your ability and suitability to serve the citizens of Boise as a police officer. The background investigation will include but is not limited to the following areas:

  • Current and past employment
  • Personal references and acquaintances
  • Criminal history inquiry
  • Driving history inquiry
  • Credit inquiry
  • Neighborhood contacts
  • Personal History Statement information.

The information provided to us is held in strict confidence. This information is not made available to either the applicant or other people. We require that applicants have positive work and personal recommendations and references. Problems in prior employment may result in your disqualification for employment with our department. Evidence of inability or difficulty to fairly and impartially work with, encounter, or relate to people will result in disqualification for employment. The Boise Police Department is firmly committed to the equal and impartial treatment of all people. The investigation will examine your background and who you are in great detail. We want to ensure that our employees will provide the citizens of our community and those who visit our city the best service possible.

The background investigation is reviewed by Boise Police Department administration. If disqualifying information is learned during the investigation, the applicant will be informed that he/she will no longer be considered for employment. If the background investigation is approved, the applicant will be offered a conditional offer of employment. The offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of the remainder of the selection process and the existence of a vacant position on the department.

Psychological Evaluation

This evaluation is completed by a licensed psychologist with whom the Boise Police Department has contracted. The applicant will be required to provide responses to several written psychological instruments as well as participate in an interview with the psychologist. This process will take several hours. The psychologist will explore numerous areas, including personal history, in evaluating your psychological fitness. A written report will be provided by the psychologist to the Boise Police Department which again is held in strict confidence.

Medical Examination

The Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) requires a medical evaluation for a person to be certified as a peace officer in the State of Idaho and POST has mandated certain medical standards. The applicant will undergo a medical examination to ensure compliance with these State standards and the non-existence of any medical concerns that would preclude an applicant from performing the essential functions of the job of a peace officer.

Drug Screen

Boise City is committed to a drug-free workplace and applicants must pass a drug screen as a condition of employment. Random drug screens also are conducted on employees to further ensure a drug-free workplace. The Boise Police Department additionally requires that applicants may not have used illegal drugs in recent past. Applicants may contact Police Personnel if they have questions about potential disqualification for recent drug usage.

Final Review

Upon completion of the selection process, all information gathered on the applicant is reviewed by Boise Police Department administration. Upon approval by the Chief of Police, a final offer of employment will be made to the applicant.

Probationary Period

During their probationary year, officers must successfully complete the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy if they do not hold a current P.O.S.T. certification, as well as a ten (10) week Advanced Academy and a fourteen (14) week Field Training Program at the Boise Police Department.

The selection process is comprehensive and in recognition of the burden this places on out-of-state applicants, we will make every effort to consolidate as many steps in the process as reasonably possible. Out-of-state applicants should be aware that they may be required to make more than one trip to Boise to complete the process.

As you can see, the selection process is thorough. We understand the commitment of time by the applicant and appreciate your willingness and desire to participate in our selection process and help us serve our community. We also hope that you understand and appreciate the commitment of time and effort by our department in this process in our attempt to provide the best service possible to our community.

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.

For additional information, please call Det. Chuck Albanese at (208) 570-6103 or (888) 48-BOISE, or e-mail him at calbanese@cityofboise.org. Also, check the Boise Police Department's hiring web site www.BoisePoliceJobs.org for more information.


Boise Police Department 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.