Hiring Process

The Idaho Falls Police Department is a wonderful place to work.
Those interested in joining the IFPD are traditionally hired in one of two ways, as a:
  • "Probationary" police officer 
       or as a
  • "Lateral" police officer
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candidates must pass a background check, polygraph test and a pre-employment physical exam before an official offer of employment may be extended. 

Anyone seeking to be employed as professional staff must complete the City of Idaho Falls application requirements. All applications are submitted to Human Resources where they are pre-screened for qualifications. The qualified candidates are then sent and reviewed by the department to determine who will be interviewed.

To be eligible candidates must have the following:

1.  United States citizenship (this is a POST Certification requirement).
2.  21 years of age by May 19, 2018.
3.  High School Diploma or GED equivalent (copy of transcripts may be required).
4.  A valid driver's license.
5.  The ability to successfully complete all testing requirements.
6.  Good written and oral communication skills.
7.  The ability to function on a day-to-day basis with limited supervision.
8.  Certified by the Idaho Peace Officer Standards Training (POST) Council within one year of employment.
9.  Successful candidates must pass a thorough background investigation and polygraph examination.
10.  Successful candidates must pass medical and psychological examinations (after a contingent offer of employment).
"Becoming a Police Officer has been the best opportunity for me to make a difference and work with great people."

- Officer Eric Rose

Probationary police officer candidates are required to take a written exam which measures cognitive abilities such as reasoning and writing as well as non-cognitive traits such as work styles and experiences.

Lateral police officer candidates are those who have previous experience in law enforcement.