Our Hiring Process
The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office hiring process takes approximately 6-8 weeks. Here is an overview of the process for patrol
and detention deputies.
Once the applicant has passed the application pre-screening, they will be personally invited to take the written and physical tests on the
same day. Testing is typically held at the Kootenai County Search & Rescue Building in Hayden, Idaho.
For the written test, applicants are given 90 minutes to complete 100 multiple-choice questions. Although the Sheriff's Office cannot endorse
any specific testing preparation materials, some applicants have found the "ARCO Civil Service Test Study Guides" to be helpful.
Applicants who pass the written test with at least an 80% score, are invited to stay for the physical test. The physical test takes 2.5 hours,
including breaks. Deputy applicants must meet the following Physical Fitness Requirements:
We strongly recommend that you prepare/practice for the physical testing requirements.
Oral Board Interviews
Once the applicant has passed the written and physical tests, they are invited to be interviewed by a panel of Sheriff's personnel.
Applicants who pass the oral board interview will be asked to submit to a comprehensive background check. Applicants who possess the following
criminal history are automatically disqualified:
To prepare for the background check, you will want to have the following information ready (not an all-inclusive list): Past employment,
employer contact information, references, previous residences, education, military service, driving history, and contact information of
family and friends.
It is important that applicants are forthcoming and thorough in providing background information.
Medical, Psychological & Polygraph Examination
For sworn positions, if a contingent offer of employment is made, applicants must pass a medical/physical evaluation, a psychological evaluation,
and a polygraph examination. Kootenai County pays for the direct cost of these examinations. The medical and psychological evaluations are
not required for Emergency Communications Officer (911) or civilian positions. Deputies must meet the following Vision/Hearing Requirements:
Pay & Benefits
Lateral Hiring Program
We welcome lateral deputies and emergency communications officers. In order to qualify as a "lateral," applicants must:
- Meet all of the minimum requirements as an entry level applicant and;
- Have successfully completed a POST certified Basic Detention, Corrections, Patrol, Emergency Communication Officer or comparable Federal
- Have a minimum of twenty-four (24) months experience as a patrol deputy, detention deputy, corrections officer, or emergency communications
Idaho POST Certification
Kootenai County pays for employees' Idaho POST Certification,
and continued education requirements. Employees must obtain their certification
within their first year of employment. Kootenai County pays for tuition, lodging, meals, and travel.
We are a Drug Free Workplace: All candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug test. Safety sensitive employees are subject to
random drug testing.
*Equal Opportunity Employer * We give Veterans Preference *