Don’t count yourself out.
If you’ve always wanted to be a police officer, the Boise Police Department is taking applications through 5 p.m. Nov. 24. Apply online: https://police.cityofboise.org/home/join-bpd/apply/.
The department has no upper age limit for new officers — their newest class of officers has a 47-year-old.
All new officers must meet hiring standards. That includes passing a physical fitness test with these minimums: vertical jump of 14 inches, 15 situps in a minute, 21 pushups in a minute, 300-meter run in 77 seconds or less and 1.5-mile run in 17 minutes, 17 seconds or less.
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The department just swore in 11 new officers on Thursday — and they’re looking to hire 12 more in the next round, according to BPD’s media specialists.
The department currently has 290 sworn officers. There are 32 female officers, or about 11 percent (nationally, about 13 percent of all sworn officers are women).
Some of the demographics on the agency’s newest officers:
▪ 10 men, one woman.
▪ They range in age from 23 to 47.
▪ Starting salaries are based on experience. No prior law enforcement experience: $47,132. Prior law enforcement experience, 1 year off probation at former department: $59,675.
▪ One is a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. Several have won law enforcement awards in their previous jobs, including the Medal of Valor and Silver Star.
Questions about the application process? Call 208-570-6101, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org