Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Do YOU Have What It Takes? Idaho State Police Opens Testing for Troopers April 25th Through June 1st

Teresa Baker
Public Information Officer
700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 884-7122
Fax (208) 884-7087

For Immediate Release: 4/26/16 at 1:30 p.m.

MERIDIAN - The Idaho State Police began testing applicants for Troopers beginning April 25th and will end testing on June 1st. ISP anticipates hiring approximately 25 new Troopers with positions available in all of ISP's six district offices.

ISP is looking for dedicated men and women that desire to serve their community and make a difference every day in the lives of others as a State Trooper. Idaho State Police offers challenging and rewarding career advancements for Troopers including the opportunity for various specialty assignments, with some that are unique only to ISP. Specialty assignments include rural residency, crash reconstruction, drug recognition expert, K-9 handler, Honor Guard, executive or judicial protection, motorcycle patrol, investigations, commercial vehicle safety, field training officer, training instructor, alcohol beverage control, firearms instructor and/or armorer.

Applicants may begin the online application process and exam beginning April 25st but must finish the online examination no later than June 1st. Applicants are encouraged to apply early in order to have all information complete and submitted by the deadline.

The hiring process takes approximately 6 months to complete and successful candidates will begin training in ISP's 20-week Advanced Training Class (ATC) in January 2017.

Those applicants that are successful in the online testing process will be invited in June to participate in a physical fitness test and then an oral board. The top applicants from that process will then undergo an extensive background check which includes reference checks, work history verification, criminal history, and credit checks. Applicants must also pass a series of psychological, medical, and physical fitness examinations, along with a polygraph exam and substance abuse screening. Previous law enforcement experience is not required.

Upon successful completion of ATC, Troopers will be certified by Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and Troopers will then begin on-the-job field training with experienced Troopers. The academy and on-the-job training are intense and require physically and mentally strong individuals.

Trooper applicants must be willing to work anywhere in the state of Idaho. Troopers are required to work all shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays. Starting pay for a Trooper is $19.48 per hour and possibly higher if a candidate is a current peace officer with at least five years of experience. Additional pay increases are available after a probationary period for skills and education such as Spanish fluency, drug recognition experts, POST certificates and/or college degrees. Troopers are also provided an excellent benefit package which includes medical, dental and vision at little or no cost.

All who are interested in an exciting opportunity as State Trooper can learn more by visiting the Idaho State Police website at www.isp.idaho.gov or contacting a recruiter at 208-884-7018 or jobs@isp.idaho.gov. To begin the testing process visit the Human Resource page of ISP's website at http://www.isp.idaho.gov/hr/currentJobs.html.

Recruiters will be at career fairs and events statewide during the testing period to answer questions. ISP will broadcast an information session on Trooper hiring via Periscope and Twitter @IdahoStPolice on May 5th at 10:00 a.m., MDT. Follow Idaho State Police for information on other dates and locations of other recruiting events:

Idaho State University - Student Union - Pocatello - May 3 at 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Brigham Young University Idaho - Career Center - Rexburg - May 4 at 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
University of Idaho - Moscow
College of Idaho - Caldwell
Gowen Field - Military Only - Boise

MEDIA: For opportunities for ride-alongs and interviews with Troopers statewide, please contact PIO Teresa Baker at teresa.baker@isp.idaho.gov or 208-884-7122.