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Kootenai County Sheriff's Office - Entry Level Patrol Deputy

  • Contact Information

    Kootenai County Sheriff's Office - Entry Level Patrol Deputy
    5500 N. Government Way
    Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815
    Phone: 208-446-1306
    Department Website

Agency Added: 10/26/2017 | Last updated: 01/10/2019

Community Information

Located in northern Idaho and home to approximately 150,000 residents, Kootenai County is surrounded by scenic mountains and more than twenty pristine lakes--an outdoor enthusiast's dream. The largest city and county seat is located in beautiful Coeur d'Alene, which is on the majestic shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene. For more information, http://www.kcgov.us/departments/personnel/living.asp

Department Information

As one of the fastest growing and most beautiful counties in Idaho, Kootenai County is one of the best places to work in law enforcement. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office serves a population of 150,000 over roughly 1,310 square miles. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is led by Sheriff Ben Wolfinger and Undersheriff Dan Mattos. As of 2017, the Sheriff’s Office employs 177 sworn personnel and 121 non-sworn personnel. The commissioned ranks are (in ascending order) : Deputy, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Undersheriff, and Sheriff. Kootenai County has a number of entry level and lateral job openings in detention, patrol, emergency communications (911), and civilian. As an employer of choice, we offer:
• Paid training and ongoing educational and advancement opportunities.
• Special teams: SWAT, K-9, Dive Rescue Team, Detention Response Team, and more.
• A pension plan with an 11.66% employer contribution and a lifetime payout upon vesting/retirement.
• Excellent and comprehensive benefits. For example, employee-only medical/dental/vision premium of only $38.50 per month.
• Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program.
• GI Bill Programs:
We are an On-The-Job Training and Apprenticeship Certified Employer.
Kootenai County is expanding its jail. We have openings for several Detention Deputy positions.

Area Information

  • North Idaho
  • Population: 150,000

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 21   X
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident Yes   X
High School Grad/ GED Yes   X
Driver's License Required Yes   X
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None   X
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis   X
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes   X
Vision Requirements Must pass pre-employment physical. X  
Prior Experience Requirement 24 months of general work experience in any field. Work experience does not need to be related to law enforcement for entry-level positions.   X
Current Hiring Status Number of Vacancies: Several

This agency allows Out of State Testing.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year    
Request/ Access Scores Monthly.    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
PotentialYour traffic history shows a continuing and/or recent pattern of poor decision making.
PotentialYou have had your license suspended within the last ten (10) years.
PotentialYou have been convicted of one (1) or more misdemeanor DUI offenses within ten (10) years of application.
AutomaticYou have been convicted of D.U.I. within the past two (2) years or have two (2) or more D.U.I. convictions in the past five (5) years. A diversion or reduction to lesser charge or withheld judgment is the same as a conviction.
AutomaticYou have five (5) or more moving violations in the three (3) years preceding the application.
Drug Usage
PotentialYou have a pattern of involvement with illegal drugs.
AutomaticUse of Marijuana / THC, regardless of its form or method of ingestion, within the last one (1) year. *This prohibition includes the use of cannabis, hashish, hash oil, and THC in both synthetic and natural forms. (I.D.A.P.A. 11.11.01–055-01-d)
AutomaticUse of Marijuana / THC on a regular confirmed basis within the past three (3) years.
AutomaticAny illegal use of any Schedule I through Schedule VI controlled substance (with the exception of marijuana) within the last five (5) years, to include but not limited to:
a. Amphetamines / Methamphetamines
b. Heroin
c. Illegal use of opiates / narcotics or abuse of prescribe opiates / narcotics
d. Cocaine
e. Hallucinogenic drugs (PCP, LSD, Mushrooms, etc.)
f. Non-prescribed steroids (regardless of form or method of ingestion)
AutomaticParticipating in the manufacturing, selling, offering to sell, distribution or transporting for sale any illegal drugs/narcotics, within the past five (5) years.
AutomaticUse of illegal drugs while employed by a law enforcement agency, in a prosecutorial position, or in a position of public safety, regardless of when the illegal use occurred.
AutomaticUse of non-prescribed steroids, regardless of form or method of ingestion, within the last five (5) years.
PotentialYou may be rejected if you have unlawfully used any prescription drug or a legally obtainable controlled substance within the past three (3) years.
Criminal Activity
PotentialYou have been involved in any significant misdemeanor activity.
PotentialYou have been convicted of a willful concealment or petit theft.
PotentialYou have been convicted of any misdemeanor offense within ten (10) years of application.
AutomaticYou have been convicted of any misdemeanor sex crimes or crimes of deceit (as outlined in the IDAPA rules.) in the past five (5) years.
AutomaticYou have been convicted of a crime or have been found to be mentally incompetent in any jurisdiction, which precludes you from possessing a firearm. (Deputy applicants only)
PotentialYour work history shows a pattern of unexcused absences, discipline or discharge.
PotentialYou have received an administrative discharge of “General under Honorable Conditions” or an “Uncharacterized” discharge from the military.
AutomaticYou have been dishonorably discharged or received a bad conduct discharge from the military.
PotentialYour financial affairs or personal life shows a history of poor judgment and refusal to confront problems. (Example: Nonpayment of child support, ignoring overdue bills, etc.)
PotentialYou have recently or are currently misrepresenting yourself or ignoring any laws. (Example: Not paying taxes, using a false address for school tuition purposes.)
AutomaticYou do not meet the minimum requirements for the position as stated on the job description.
AutomaticYou do not possess good moral character as determined by a background investigation.
AutomaticYou have any physical, emotional, behavioral, or mental conditions that might adversely affect performance of a peace officer as determined by a medical and psychological exam. (Deputy applicants only)
AutomaticYou cannot pass a physical agility test. (Deputy applicants only)

Current Hiring Status

The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST with oral board interviews conducted on an as-needed basis. Vacancies are filled as needed.

Number of Vacancies: Several

Salary Information

$21.60-$30.27 per hour (determined on experience)

Benefit Information

• Extensive paid training, including the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy (POST).
• Public Employees Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI), a pension plan with five-year vesting, 11.66% employer contribution, and a lifetime payout upon retirement.
• Excellent and comprehensive benefits package. For example, employee-only medical/dental/vision premium of only $47.00 per month (tobacco free rate).
Comprehensive benefits package.
Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program.
On-The-Job Training and Apprenticeship Certified Employer.