Frequently Asked Questions
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 web site. You can be automatically notified when the next ISP Trooper announcement opens by contacting ISP Human Resources at email@example.com or 208.884.7018.
How many vacancies are anticipated?
The number of Troopers we hire depends on the current need. Typically we hire a full class of 20 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 Veteran’s points and am I eligible?
See the Division of Human Resource Internet site at: Veterans’ Preference Points
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. Learn more about ISP District locations.
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.
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 to learn more.
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, Handgun, Rifle, Ballistic Vest, and a Patrol Car.