Law Enforcement Officer Position

Sandpoint Police Department - Police Officer



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Sandpoint Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on August 09, 2021
PST Partner Agency since August 09, 2021

Vacancy: 1

Testing Deadline: October 29, 2021.

Important Information

To be eligible for hire, you must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent; OR have successfully completed a minimum of fifteen (15) academic credits at a U.S. regionally accredited college.
  • Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age at the time of application.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.

For more information on Automatic Disqualifiers and the hiring process, please carefully review the SPD Information Packet.

Community Information

The city of Sandpoint, and its surrounding area, is a vibrant place to live, work, and play. Our four-season climate allows outdoor lovers a chance to enjoy year-round activities such as skiing at Schweitzer Mountain, boating on Lake Pend Oreille, hiking an abundant number of trails, and much more. Sandpoint offers an extraordinary quality of life with world class recreational amenities, great schools, and a robust arts culture. Don’t miss the opportunity to become part of our dynamic community and apply today!

Department Information

The Sandpoint Police Department accomplishes its mission through the use of its Patrol and Criminal Investigation Divisions. The department has developed many programs for crime prevention and outreach for our community. These programs include a Bike Patrol Unit, a K-9 Unit, a School Resource Officer (a 60/40% school district/city funded partnership program), Refuse to be a Victim Program, Bicycle Rodeos and a Sandpoint High School Criminology Class.

These programs have increased the department’s partnership with the community and have resulted with an increase in trust between our community, guests and the Sandpoint Police Department.

The police department is comprised of 20 full time sworn officers, which includes: the Police Chief, a Captain, a Lieutenant, four detectives, one school resource officer and twelve sworn officers in patrol. The department also has three support staff and several reserve officers.

Area Information

County: Bonner
Population: 40,877
# of Staff: 21

Hiring Status

Sandpoint Police Department - Police Officer has 1 vacancy.

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is October 29, 2021.

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is October 29, 2021.

We have one anticipated vacancy at this time.

Salary Information

The full Sandpoint Police career ladder includes several levels that range from Police Officer Recruit up to Sergeant III. 

  • Entry-level candidates with no prior law enforcement experience are hired at the Police Officer Recruit level ($22.61/hour) and reclassified to Police Officer I ($23.74/hour) upon successful completion of Idaho POST Police Academy. 
  • Lateral candidates with prior law enforcement experience are eligible to be hired at the Police Officer I up to Senior Police Officer II level, with associated pay ranging from $23.74/hour to $32.84/hour, dependent upon current certification status (Basic to Master) and years of experience with another law enforcement agency. 

Benefit Information

Sandpoint Police Department is proud to offer employees a rich benefits plan, including the following:

  • Personal Time Off
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI) Defined Benefit Plan
  • Voluntary 401(k) and 457 Deferred Compensation Defined Contribution Plans

Sandpoint Police Department - Police Officer Requirements

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

Completion of the Personal History Statement is also required in order to be considered in the hiring process and invited for further testing.

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

The City of Sandpoint will conduct its own Physical Ability Test. After initial written testing and PHS review is complete, applicants invited to continue in the hiring process will be notified at a later time as to when and where to report for further testing.

Minimum Age 21
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen
High School Grad/ GED

Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent; OR have successfully completed a minimum of fifteen (15) academic credits at a U.S. regionally accredited college.

Driver's License Required Yes
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No adult felony convictions at any time.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile

Any felony crime, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal or state penal institution, unless the felony conviction occurred before the applicant was eighteen (18) years of age and ten (10) or more years prior to application.

Sandpoint 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

Misdemeanor Conviction:

  1. One (1) or more misdemeanor DUI offenses within the two (2) years immediately preceding application; or
  2. Two (2) or more misdemeanor DUI offenses within the five (5) years immediately preceding application.

Drug Usage

Marijuana Use:

  1. Within the last year;
  2. While employed as a law enforcement officer, regardless of when the use occurred; or
  3. On a regular, confirmed basis within the past three (3) years.

Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.

Character of military discharge is listed as: “dismissal,” “bad conduct discharge”, “dishonorable discharge” or an administrative discharge of “other than honorable (OTH)” from the military service.


Administrative military discharge of “general under honorable conditions (GEN),” a “general”, or “uncharacterized.”

Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Contact Information

Sandpoint Police Department - Police Officer

1123 Lake Street
Sandpoint, ID 83864 Bonner County
(208) 265-1482


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

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