Becoming an Idaho Falls Police Officer

Our agency and the Idaho Falls community have a lot to offer. We are fortunate to serve a community that is genuinely supportive of law enforcement and partners with us to make Idaho Falls a great place to work, live, and enjoy.

Idaho Falls serves as the "hub" for Eastern Idaho. With 67,000 full time residents, plus a large number of people who come into the city each day for work, commerce, travel, and play, we stay busy.

As the fourth largest municipal law enforcement agency in the state, and the largest in Eastern Idaho, our agency is large enough to support a variety of special teams and assignments. Idaho Falls Police Officers enjoy rewarding and challenging careers with opportunities to develop as individuals, get involved with the community, and enjoy all the benefits of eastern Idaho life.

Want to learn more about our recruitment and hiring process? Have specific questions you would like to talk to us about?

Text "JoinIFPD" to (208)357-9867

Call the Professional Standards Bureau at (208)612-8663

IMG_7127 copy
Bestor and K9 Harry laugh
  1. Brand New - Entry Level Officers
  2. Lateral Officers

Individuals who have never been police officers before should apply for the "Police Officer" entry-level positions. At this time, these positions are continuously open and applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. 

To Apply

  1. Register for the physical and written exams at
  2. Submit an application on the employment page through the Police Officer posting.


The IFPD will administer the in-person written exam and physical agility test on the following dates:

  • January 24, 2023
  • March 14, 2023
  • June 13, 2023
  • September 12, 2023. 

We strongly recommend that you prepare for the physical fitness exam. The exam process and requirements can be viewed here.

The IFPD conducts all police officer testing through  (PST).  This allows you to take our written and physical agility tests at various locations around the country, as found on PST’s website.  Make sure to select the Idaho Falls Police Department on the PST website when you sign up so we are notified of your results if you aren’t testing in person at IFPD.  

Whether you test in-person at IFPD or online through PST, you must fill out an application on the City of Idaho Falls website and you must register for testing through PST’s website.    

 To apply for the written exam and physical agility:

  • Go to
  • Under Sign Up, click on Police Officer
  • Select Idaho under Police/Sheriff/Trooper then click Next
  • Click the checkbox next to IF Police Department then click Next

It will guide you through the registration and sign up process.  Please note that there is a charge for the exam.


  • Applicants will be able to send their test results to the Idaho Falls Police Department.
  • Applicants will be able to access information on testing procedures.
  • Applicants will be able to choose a testing date, time, and location most convenient for them.

For further test dates and locations, or if you have questions about testing, please call PST at 1-866-HIRE911 (1-866-447-3911) or access the information on their website at You can also contact IFPD directly at (208)612-8663.


To be eligible, candidates must meet the following requirements:

1.  United States citizenship (this is a POST Certification requirement).
2.  21 years of age by date of hire.
3.  High School Diploma or GED equivalent (copy of transcripts required).
4.  A valid driver's license.
5.  The ability to successfully complete all testing requirements.
6.  Good written and oral communication skills.
7.  The ability to function on a day-to-day basis with limited supervision.
8.  Certified by the Idaho Peace Officer Standards Training (POST) Council within one year of employment.
9.  Successful candidates must pass a thorough background investigation.
10.  Successful candidates must pass medical, polygraph and psychological examinations (after a contingent offer of employment).