Protecting the lives, property, and constitutional rights of people in Idaho since 1919.

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I apply ?
How many vacancies are anticipated ?
Is there an age limit ?

What are the online exams like ?
What is the oral test like ?
What are veterans points and am I eligible ?
How is it determined where I will live and work ?

What hours do Troopers work ?
What is the Internet address when it is time to apply?
What is POST and how do I know if I am certified ?
What is ISP ATC (Advanced Training Academy) and what does it mean to me ?
What if I have filed for bankruptcy in the past?  Will that disqualify me ?
I have used drugs in the past.  Will that disqualify me ?
What other issues may disqualify me ?

What equipment is issued to new Troopers ?
Do troopers get to take their cars home ?


ISP Trooper Recruitment Frequently Asked Questions


How do I apply?
The hiring frequency depends on current staffing needs and budget availability.  When an announcement is open, click on the apply now for ISP Trooper on the ISP website.  You can be automatically notified when the next ISP Trooper announcement opens by listing your email address onto the Jobs notification database at : https://labor.idaho.gov/DHR/ATS/StateJobs/JobNotifications/JobNotificationsStep4.aspx?class_no=08016

How many vacancies are anticipated?
The number of Troopers we hire depends on the current need.  Typically we hire between 8 and 15 new Troopers from each announcement.

Is there an age limit?
No. Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. POST Council does require that applicants have two years of responsible work experience or two years of education after high school graduation or award of a GED.

What are the online exams like?
When you apply online you are asked to take an MQ Screen exam.  This exam is a checklist of questions that determine whether or not you meet the minimum qualifications.  If you meet all of the minimum qualifications then you are invited to take the LXR exam.  The LXR exam is a timed (one hour) exam that includes questions that cover the following categories: Analytical/Math, English Usage, Drawing Conclusions, Following Procedures, Reading Comprehension, and Situational Judgment.

What is the oral exam like?
In the oral exam you will be asked questions that relate to your background, education and experience.  For example, we may ask you about a time when you had to deal with a difficult person and how you handled it, or we may ask you to tell us about a time when you were under a great deal of stress and how you dealt with it.


What are Veteran's points and am I eligible?
If you think you are eligible for Veteran's points, please see the Veteran's Preference form VP-1 on the Division of Human Resource Internet site at: http://www.dhr.idaho.gov/veterans.html


How is it determined where I will live and work?
If ISP gets to the point of considering you for employment, you will be asked to provide us a list of your location preferences.  While the Idaho State Police will do its best to accommodate your first choice of assignment, please understand that assignment is made depending on the needs of the department.  Assignment anywhere in Idaho is possible.  Relocation during your career with ISP is also possible, although this is normally based on your request to transfer or on your acceptance of a promotion in another area. 


Idaho State Police Districts, with office locations in parentheses:

1 (Coeur d'Alene) - From the Idaho/Canadian border south through Benewah and Shoshone Counties;

2 (Lewiston) - From the northern borders of Latah and Clearwater County south to the Adams and Valley County Lines;

3 (Boise) - The ten counties of southwestern Idaho, bordered by Oregon on the west and Nevada on the south;

4 (Jerome) - From the northern borders of Camas and Blaine Counties south to the Utah border;

5 (Pocatello) - From the northern borders of Bingham and Caribou County south to the Utah border;

6 (Idaho Falls) - From the Idaho/Montana and Idaho/Wyoming borders to the northern border of Utah, this district includes Lemhi, Custer, Clark, Madison, Butte, Jefferson, Fremont, Teton, Caribou, and Bonneville Counties.

Please see our home page for more information about our Districts.

What hours do Troopers Work?
Troopers currently work four 10-hour shifts per week with rotating days off.  The schedule alternates between day and night shifts every two months.  There are exceptions to this depending on assignment.  For example, we have a motorcycle team that works days and we have a DUI team that works nights.

What is the Internet address when it is time to apply?
Apply at the Division of Human Resources web site located at: www.dhr.idaho.gov. All forms, information about current job openings, etc., are also available at the Idaho State Police web site.  Another Internet site for everything you ever wanted to know about Idaho is www.idaho.gov .


What is POST and how do I know if I am certified?
POST stands for Peace Officers Standards and Training. All Idaho Peace Officers are required to attend the 10 week Basic Patrol training, or to have graduated from a recognized Idaho law enforcement vocational program.  If you have successfully completed one of these training programs and have applied for and received Basic Patrol certification, you have met the requirement.  Not all certifications meet this requirement, for example, reserve or detention certifications do not. If you have received higher levels of certification such as POST Intermediate or Advanced, you also meet the Basic POST requirement. If you are a certified peace officer trained in another state you may not be required to attend Idaho Basic POST Academy, but you will be required to complete the POST challenge requirements.  ISP will help prepare you for that examination by facilitating the necessary training. Please visit the Idaho POST site at: http://www.idaho-post.org/.

What is ISP ATC (Advanced Training Academy) and what does it mean to me?
It is a 14 week academy designed for ISP newly hired troopers. You will live on campus in Meridian, Idaho. You will be paid during this training and all your clothing and equipment will be issued. If you are already POST-certified in Idaho and your certification is still valid OR you are currently a certified peace officer in another state, you may not be required to attend the basic POST academy but you will be required to attend the ATC.


What if I have filed for bankruptcy in the past?  Will that disqualify me?

Bankruptcy is not an automatic disqualifier.  This is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Certain financial matters can be a disqualifier. 


I have used drugs in the past.  Will that disqualify me?
ISP has specific requirements governing drug use. NO EXCEPTIONS are made to these requirements. If you do not meet them, please do not apply and hope that your drug use will be overlooked. View the ISP Drug Policy.

Again, there will be no exceptions to meeting these requirements.

What other issues may disqualify me?
There are a number of issues that may prove to be disqualifying: a pattern of poor decision making such as a bankruptcy followed by further credit problems;  any history of domestic violence, whether verbal, psychological, or physical;  a history of any other type of abuse, even if no allegations or charges have been made;  dishonesty, such as lying or stealing from an employer (this does not include inadvertently taking a pen or pencil home but  "borrowing" a laptop and then "forgetting" to take it back will disqualify you), a pattern of poor employee/employer work relations;  a record of job-hopping, abuse of sick leave, or failure to follow employer work rules; or repeated traffic offenses and/or DUI convictions, which show either a disregard for the law or an inability to learn from past mistakes.  Any history of sexual harassment or inappropriate prejudicial treatment of others will also disqualify you.

What equipment is issued to new Troopers? 
The list of equipment that is issued to new Troopers is far too long to list here in detail.  A summary of a few of the items issued are: Clothing, Coats, Boots, Hats, Tools, Glock Handgun, M-4 Rifle, Ballistic Vest, and a Patrol Car or SUV.  


Do troopers get to take their cars home?
Yes, each trooper has a vehicle assigned to him or her. They do not share their vehicle and are allowed to drive it home at the end of each work shift.


Idaho State Police Headquarters
700 S. Stratford Drive, Meridian, ID 83642
208.884.7000