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The steps in the selection process are listed below. You must meet the qualifications described in each step prior to moving to the next step. You may be required to make a minimum of two trips to Meridian Idaho to complete the ISP hiring process.
After you have completed the on-line application, qualification statements, and the online examination, you will receive a pass or fail score from DHR. You must apply and test prior to the closing date listed on the announcement.
The oral exam and physical fitness evaluation will be conducted at ISP headquarters in Meridian, Idaho. The oral exam consists of answering questions posed by a three-member panel. Each applicant is asked the same core questions and is scored on their responses. The total score for each applicant is calculated, veteran preference points are added, if applicable, and a final hiring list is created. Idaho State Police uses a process referred to as “Competency Based Interviewing” for the oral examination process.
If you have any questions about the physical fitness evaluation, please visit ISP Standards. You must complete and pass each event to move forward. Should you fail one event, you will not move forward.
A comprehensive background
will be conducted on each selected applicant. All job offers are
conditional upon successfully passing this background investigation.
Although the background investigation may seem intrusive to some
applicants, it is designed to eliminate any possibility that the
professional conduct of our officers will be compromised by prior
Please see the Personal History Questionnaire for more information.
Conditional offers will be given prior to the ISP background investigation. These offers are contingent on the applicant successfully completing the following:
A polygraph examination will be performed on each applicant who successfully completes the background investigation. The polygraph will cover information you have given in the personal history statement and qualification statements.
After an applicant successfully passes the ISP Background Investigation and Polygraph they
will be required to complete a thorough medical examination,
which will include a drug screen, vision and hearing test. The
medical examination will be held in Boise, Idaho. All of these steps must be completed successfully in order to proceed in the ISP hiring process.
will be required to participate in an extensive written psychological assessment
in addition to having an interview with a clinical psychologist. The interview will be held at ISP headquarters in Meridian, Idaho.
If you have questions about ISP qualifications you may contact Human Resources at 208-884-7317.