Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training sets the standards for law enforcement certification. So students at the College of Southern Idaho’s training program must meet these state standards:
1. Be 21 or older.
2. Pass criminal history background check.
3. Pass background check on driving history.
4. Pass medical exam; if there is a question of emotional stability or disorder indicated by the physician, the applicant must be evaluated by a psychologist. The use of antidepressants or mental health issues could delay or prohibit entry into the program.
5. Pass physical agility test.
6. Pass review of military record.
7. Meet character standards for honesty, justice and morality; answer questionnaire on past history truthfully.
8. Meet standards for vision and hearing that include vision no worse than 20/200 without glasses. If the applicant wears contacts, the vision must be corrected to 20/20 in one eye and no worse than 20/60 in the weakest eye.
9. Pass polygraph test.
10. Pass aptitude test.
11. Pass randomized drug testing.
12. Submit fingerprints.
13. Hold high school diploma or equivalent.
An applicant may be rejected:
1. If he or she has used marijuana in the past three years; while employed as a law enforcement officer or prosecutor or in a position of public safety; or on a regular basis within the past five years.
2. If he or she has used other illegal controlled substances within the past five years; while as an officer or prosecutor or in a position of public trust; or on more than a minimal or experimental basis during his or her lifetime.
3. For any unlawful use of prescription drugs within the past three years.
4. For drug trafficking, manufacturing or related offenses.
5. For juvenile felony drug offense convictions; juvenile records will be unsealed.
6. For misdemeanor convictions of sex crimes and crimes of deceit, unless the conviction was more than five years prior to the application.
7. If he or she has been convicted of a misdemeanor DUI offense within the past two years or two or more misdemeanor DUIs within the past five years.
8. For certain other misdemeanor convictions if they occured within specified time frames.
9. If convicted of any felony crime.
Once a person completes the training and is certified, the hiring law enforcement agency may perform another round of background checks that may include credit history and knocking on neighbors’ doors to discuss the applicant’s character and behavior.