ISP Hiring 20 New Troopers

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Idaho State Police are looking to add 20 new troopers to the force. According to officials, the vacancies are the result of normal attrition rates.

Applications are being accepted until Monday, July 22, with a six-month hiring process to follow, including a slew of background, credit and employment checks, as well as physical, medical, drug abuse and psychological examinations.

Prospective troopers must be United States citizens, hold a high school or GED diploma and be able to prove two or more years of “responsible work experience” or attendance at a higher education institution following graduation.

If hired, new officers undergo about nine months of training starting in January 2014. Base pay is $17.67 per hour, and applicants must be willing to work nights, weekends and holidays, as well as accept postings anywhere in the state. Previous law enforcement experience is not required, but candidates who are currently working as sworn police officers may earn a higher starting salary provided they have at least three years experience.

According to ISP Col. Ralph Powell, ne'er-do-wells (even most-of-the-time-do-wells) need not apply: "ISP truly has high expectations for those who would be called 'Trooper.' It is the responsibility to protect those who cannot protect themselves, to stand tall and firm between evil and good and so it starts with the highest moral and ethical standards, both on and off duty."