Law Enforcement Officer Position

Idaho Falls Police Department - Police Officer



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Idaho Falls Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on September 25, 2023
PST Partner Agency since April 04, 2018

Vacancies: 6

Important Information

Candidates can sign up and test at any time of the year at locations offering the PST test. Candidates will need to submit the PST written exam, physical ability test, and Personal History Statement.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please contact the Idaho Falls Police Department at 208-612-8634 and ask to speak to Captain John Marley.

Community Information

Idaho Falls is the largest city in Eastern Idaho. Our community is the center of activity for Eastern Idaho. Within and around Idaho Falls, you will find 300,000 hardworking people, three institutions of higher education, major hospitals, regional airports, the Idaho National Laboratory, dozens of national retail outlets and restaurants, as well as many unique locally owned shops and eateries. Our area offers abundant recreational and cultural opportunities. In short, Idaho Falls has something for everyone.

Department Information

The Idaho Falls Police Department has its origins on or around 1891 when the town of Eagle Rock officially changed its name to Idaho Falls. In the early days, a village marshal enforced the law. It officially became a police department in 1895. Today, the IFPD is led by a Chief of Police, Bryce Johnson, who oversees 146 employees - 94 sworn police officers and a professional staff of 52 - that conducts the day-to-day operations and services of the department. The Chief and his Leadership team manage an annual budget of $13.8 million.

The Idaho Falls Police Department serves a resident population of approximately 69,000. Idaho Falls, which is the fourth largest city in Idaho, is a regional hub within Bonneville County (population approximately 125,000) and provides several amenities in the region. Idaho Falls is also a popular place for many visitors and tourists that travel through the tristate area. The area of Idaho Falls is 22.7 square miles, which includes 314.27 miles of city and state-maintained streets.

The Idaho Falls Police Department is united in a spirit of teamwork to be an open, courteous, and community-minded organization devoted to quality public service. We are dedicated to living by values, which reflect a genuine desire to care for the safety and well-being of the public we serve as well as the professionals who provide that service. In partnership with the people of Idaho Falls, our mission is to create an environment free from crime and the fear of crime.

Values are the most fundamental beliefs by which the organization operates. They serve as a foundation for how and why decisions are made.

Integrity is a concept of consistency of ethical actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations and outcomes. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions. Integrity means doing the ethical, moral or correct thing even when no one else will know what you have done.

Honor is a concept of honesty, fairness or integrity in one's beliefs and actions. It is a source of credit or distinction, which merits high respect and worth. Honor as a code of behavior defines our duties and obligations to the people we serve.

Trust is a willingness to show consideration, care and appreciation toward others with a dedication to building relationships based on truth and authenticity. Trust is an action that denotes a positive regard or feeling of esteem for a person or other entity. Trust is both given and received.

Excellence is the quality of being outstanding. It is a talent or quality, which is unusually and extremely good. It surpasses ordinary standards. Displays of excellence are shown through acts of integrity, innovation, meeting all obligations, continually learning and improving oneself in all aspects.

Area Information

County: Bonneville
Population: 62,000
# of Staff: 146

Hiring Status

Idaho Falls Police Department - Police Officer has 6 vacancies.

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. The appointing authority will conduct background investigation & selection as vacancies occur.

Salary Information

A competitive compensation package is offered for this position, with excellent benefits including medical insurance, life insurance, paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, and PERSI retirement. Please see the Human Resources web page for further information.

Benefit Information

A competitive compensation package is offered for this position, with excellent benefits including medical insurance, life insurance, paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, and PERSI retirement. Please see the City of Idaho Falls Employee Benefits page.

Idaho Falls Police Department - Police Officer Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required

For a candidate to be considered for hire by the Idaho Falls Police Department for a Police Officer position, the candidate must complete a City of Idaho Falls application for that position, as well as pass the written test with a 70 percent score or better, conducted through Public Safety Testing.

LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) No, not required (may be required later)

All candidates must pass a physical fitness test conducted by partners with Public Safety Testing or by the Idaho Falls Police Department for a Police Officer position, prior to any offer of hire.

Minimum Age 21
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident Yes
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Must possess a valid driver's license.
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
College Requirement No
Current Hiring Status

The Idaho Falls Police Department is continually hiring for the job of Police Officer. Openings are dependent on multiple factors and applications are currently open continuously. We use a roster of available candidates to fill openings, and that roster is built from applicants that have completed a City of Idaho Falls application for the position and have completed a written and physical fitness test conducted for the Idaho Falls Police Department. Applications and test scores are valid for 365 days from the date of the completed written test with a score of 70 percent or greater.

In-person testing is conducted four (4) times per year by the Idaho Falls Police Department. Those dates are posted currently through Public Safety Testing's Test & Event Calendar.

Essential Functions

This position performs some or all of the following:

Patrol & Traffic: Enforces all applicable city, and state, laws, and ordinances by apprehending, citing, and arresting violators as appropriate; investigates criminal activity, gathers evidence, interviews victims, witnesses, and suspects and takes appropriate action to solve cases and bring suspects before proper judicial process; investigates traffic accidents, enforces traffic and parking violations; directs traffic and assists motorists as needed; serves warrants, processes, notices, summons, and subpoenas and keeps records of disposition.

Responds to calls for service and renders aid to distressed citizens by maintaining the peace, supplying information, and aiding in assisting the citizens as applicable.

Completes detailed and accurate reports of daily activities, criminal cases, arrests, traffic accidents, and other cases as appropriate; presents evidence and testimony in court and other hearings as required.

Operates police vehicles and other department equipment in a manner that will maximize its life span and will provide the utmost safety for the officer and the public; maintains visible presence to deter and prevent crime; checks for building security and illegal activity.

Performs ongoing public relations to enhance the image of the department within the community; as assigned, represents the department by speaking at public meetings and schools to educate and inform citizens; presents a professional image in both appearance and demeanor.

Crime Prevention/Gangs/Vice/DARE: Participates in delivering program(s) unique to elementary, Junior High and High schools; focus on safety, drug awareness, alcohol (DUI), gang activity, truancy, violence, theft, vandalism, trespassing, traffic, etc.; conducts lectures, workshops, classes, or gives presentations related to criminal activity within the schools to assist school officials; educates participants and youth regarding law enforcement practices; demonstrates specialized equipment explains efficiency and effectiveness of the same.

Educates the public regarding effective action through organized community efforts; develops and delivers domestic violence and child abuse prevention programs.

Performs departmental public relations functions; delivers public speeches at community gatherings, church meetings, civic meetings, schools, etc.; conducts community liquor compliance checks; acts as a trainer to workers performing as servers in establishments that sell alcoholic beverages.

School/Campus Resource: Performs in various programs for special target populations of the community as needed to address needs, concerns, and issues pertaining to crime prevention and public relations; performs specialty resource functions by administrative assignment; enforces all applicable city, and state, laws by apprehending, citing, and arresting violators on or off school property; may monitor student activities and apprise administration of legal concerns or discipline. Conducts criminal investigations on cases involving juvenile offenders; establishes rapport with school officials, students, and parents; advises students, parents, and school officials in criminal matters; makes arrests as needed.

K-9 Officer: Works closely with specially trained Police canine to develop an effective relationship; trains canine daily and weekly in aggression, evidence search, area search, obedience, and crowd control; maintains accurate records of all training and line duty activities; maintains personal file on canine; prepares and submits reports as necessary; ensures proper care and feeding, health and safety of canine; maintains accurate records of dog tag licenses and shots; performs necessary cleaning and maintenance of dog, kennel, and police vehicle.

Investigations/Detective: Performs initial or assigned case investigations; may be called upon to assist department detective or be assigned major case investigations, performs advanced investigations on various felony crimes; works closely with Sergeants, Lieutenants, Captains, and Police Chief in solving difficult cases; investigates, follows-up and ensures completion of all cases; conducts research and pursues clues, makes telephone calls, tracks criminal histories, secures existing data information on suspects, etc. Answers business/bank complaints of financial crimes including theft, forgery, scams, bounced checks, embezzlements, bad credit, and white collar crimes; alerts businesses and community of check forgeries, and short change artists; investigates use and trafficking of illegal drugs; may serve as a drug recognition expert (DRE).

Specialist: Receives specialized training and provides specialty services for the department; acts as a bomb technician, drug specialist, forensic analyst, crime scene analyst, SWAT, sniper, etc.

Airport Security: Performs law enforcement duties at the airport, terminal building, passenger screening/boarding facility, and Security Identification Display Area (SIDA); conducts security patrols and monitors the airport grounds and facilities ensuring security and safety requirements are being met and maintained; prepares reports and maintains records in accordance with local, State and Federal requirements; performs all airport security functions as assigned.

Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Education and Experience: A. Graduation from high school or GED and current certification as a Police Officer; AND B. Two (2) years of experience as a police officer (which may include 1 year as a Probationary Officer).

2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Considerable Knowledge of modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment; applicable Federal, State, County, and City laws and ordinances and departmental rules and regulations; NCIC, UCR/IBR codes and their proper application; methods of arrest; legal liabilities associated with arrest and law enforcement; practices and procedures for emergency vehicle operation; specialized equipment such as that needed to document field sobriety tests, radar, radio, camera, fingerprinting, evidence collection, etc.; hazardous waste classifications and emergency procedures; investigative procedures and practices; courtroom procedures and laws of evidence.

Advanced Skill in the use of firearms, non-lethal weapons, police vehicle/emergency vehicle operation, and emergency equipment, which may include breath test devices, radar units, and restraining devices.

Ability to react effectively in emergency and stress situations; exhibit imagination, initiative, and problem-solving capability in coping with a variety of law enforcement situations; follow standard safety practices and procedures common to law enforcement work; perform work requiring good physical condition; communicate effectively, verbally, and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the public.

3. Special Qualifications:
Must possess a valid Idaho State driver's license or be able to obtain one within six (6) months of hire.
Must be eligible to acquire and maintain Idaho POST peace officer certification.
May be required to be or become NASRO certified.
Varying shift work is required.

Work Environment

Tasks require a variety of physical activities periodically involving muscular strain related to walking, standing, stooping, sitting, and reaching. Essential functions require talking, hearing, and seeing. Mental application utilizes memory for details, emotional stability, discriminating thinking, and creative problem-solving. Frequent local travel is required in the course of performing portions of job functions. Elements of the job pose various degrees of hazard uncertainty common to law enforcement.


City of Idaho Falls


740 Park Avenue
PO Box 50220
Idaho Falls, Idaho, 83405-0220




Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

Idaho Falls Police Department - Police Officer Disqualifiers

The following are automatic and potential disqualifiers. Applicants should not apply to our agency if they indicate any of the automatic disqualifiers. Potential disqualifiers will be considered on a case by case basis.

Category Disqualifier
Potential 1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 10 years (DWI, Suspended, etc.)
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 3 years.
Automatic 5 or more moving violations in past 1 years.
Potential 2 or more at-fault accidents in past 3 years.
Drug Usage
Potential Illegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 5 years.
Potential Illegal use of illegal drugs in the last 5 years.
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Potential Other drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
Automatic Illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
Automatic Illegal use of dangerous drugs or narcotics, other than marijuana, for any purpose more than 10 time(s) in lifetime or used within the past 5 years.
Automatic Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Any misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic Currently on probation / parole.
Automatic 3 or more terminations or leaving employer in lieu of termination within the last 5 years.
Automatic Withdrawn from consideration for any (law enforcement/fire/corrections/dispatch) employment because of the following reasons: criminal activity.
Automatic Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
Automatic Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
Automatic Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
Automatic Previous revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.
Automatic Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Contact Information

Idaho Falls Police Department - Police Officer

605 N. Capital
Idaho Falls, ID 83402 Bonneville County
(208) 612-8660


Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
PAT: No, not required (may be required later)

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