Law Enforcement Officer Position

Idaho Falls Police Department - Police Officer

 

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Idaho Falls Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on August 10, 2021
PST Partner Agency since April 04, 2018

Vacancies: 7

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 208-612-8618 and ask to speak to Captain Jeremy Galbreaith.

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 lead by a Chief of Police, Bryce Johnson, who oversees 146 employees - 94 sworn police officers and 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 59,000. 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 live 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 7 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.

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.

Idaho Falls Police Department - Police Officer Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) Yes, required

Your physical ability test must be completed 90 days (~3 months) before or after your passing written exam.

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 accepting applications and resumes for lateral entry of experienced Police Officers into the department.

The testing process will be as follows:

1. Your application and resume are reviewed to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications established by the State of Idaho and Idaho Falls Police Department

2. If you meet the requirements established by the Police Department, you will be invited to participate in an oral board interview and physical fitness test.

3. If you pass those, you will be moved through to the background process which includes a detailed background investigation, polygraph examination, psychological examination and physical examination.

Lateral Officer Pay
  • 2 years – Grade 10/Step 2 = $25.05
  • 3 years – Grade 10/Step 3 = $26.18
  • 4 years – Grade 10/Step 4 = $27.10
  • 5 years – Grade 10/Step 5 = $28.05
Idaho Falls Police Department will use the following criteria when selecting lateral applicants to participate in the lateral testing process:
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or a resident alien who is legally authorized to work in the United States
  • High School graduation or possession of a GED or equivalent
  • Not less than 21 years of age at the time of appointment
  • Must possess or obtain a valid Idaho Driver's License by date of appointment.
Idaho Lateral Applicants
  • Served within any police/law enforcement agency within the State
  • Cumulative related service in Idaho must include a minimum of two (2) years of uniformed patrol as a commissioned law enforcement officer (POST Certified).
  • And, validated evidence of successful completion of a related training academy certified by the appropriate state, federal or local regulatory or oversight agency.
Outside Lateral Applicants
  • Service in a city or metropolitan as defined below:
    • Service in a city of at least 30,000 population as defined by the U.S. office of Management and Budget; OR
    • Service in a city that is part of a Metropolitan Area with at least 60,000 population as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget; AND
  • Cumulative related service must include a minimum of two (2) years of uniform patrol duty as a commissioned law enforcement officer (POST Certified or equivalent)
  • And, validated evidence of successful completion of a related training academy certified by the appropriate state, federal or local regulatory or oversight agency.

Military Police, Detention/Correction Officer, Reserve Officer, University/Campus Police, Park Ranger/Park Police, Capital Police, Detention/Jail/Court Security Sheriff's Deputy or Marshall, Special District Police, Railroad Police and federal law enforcement personnel will NOT be considered as previous related experience.
Essential Functions

This position performs some or all of the following:

Patrol & Traffic: Enforces all applicable city, 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 case and to 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 vehicle 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 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 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; insures 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 insures 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 there 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, finger printing, 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, 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 required in course of performing portions of job functions. Elements of the job pose various degrees of hazard uncertainty common to law enforcement.

Agency
City of Idaho Falls
Address
700 Park Avenue
PO Box 50220
Idaho Falls, Idaho, 83405-0220
Phone
208-612-8248
208-612-8106
Website
http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/
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
Driving
Automatic 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.
Automatic 2 or more at-fault accidents in past 3 years.
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 5 years.
Automatic 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.
Employment
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.
Financial
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

Website


Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
PAT: Yes, required


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