FAQ - General
There are some states that do recognize the Idaho POST certification and may require an applicant to attend the portion of that state academy dealing with law. The applicant should check with the respective state they are interested in prior to making application to the program.
The Law Enforcement Program is designed to prepare graduates to enter the law enforcement field. The Enforcement program has been duly approved by the Idaho Peace Officers Standards Training (POST) Council, thus eliminating the graduates' need to attend the basic police academy before taking the certification exam. Because the Law Enforcement Program is driven by POST standards for certification into the law enforcement field, applicants to the program must meet POST standards for admission.
POST will not test a student in fitness, firearms, or the Challenge Exam until the student has reached the age of 21. The student may start the program prior to 21 but must have reached that age prior to testing.
Students MUST pass the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) physical fitness test, the POST handgun qualification course (minimum score of 85%), and the POST Challenge Exam (minimum passing score of 75%).
Hearing: The applicant shall have unaided or aided hearing between zero and twenty-five decibels for each ear at the frequencies of 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz, 2,000 Hz, and 3,000 Hz. A waiver may be required/considered for those that do not fall perfectly into this category.
Vision: Persons who wear glasses need to have eyesight of no worse than 20/200 with the strong eye corrected to 20/20 and the weaker eye no worse than 20/60. Contact wearers are exempt from the uncorrected vision of 20/200, but contact wearers must be corrected to 20/20 in the strong eye and no worse than 20/60 in the weaker eye. The applicant shall possess a minimum of 70% proficiency of the Dvorine or equivalent color discrimination test to determine level of color blindness.
Traffic: An applicant may have no more than five moving violations within a three year period immediately preceding application. An applicant with a record of driver’s license suspension in any jurisdiction, or a driving without privileges conviction in any jurisdiction, may be accepted upon approval of the POST Division Administrator provided the suspension concluded or conviction occurred more than two years prior to application.
Criminal history: An applicant shall be rejected who has been convicted of any misdemeanor sex crime, crime or deceit, or drug offense unless the conviction occurred more than five years prior to application. An applicant shall be rejected who has been convicted of a DUI during the two years immediately preceding application. If the conviction occurred more than two years prior to application, the applicant may be accepted upon approval of the POST Division Administrator provide the agency head (CWI LE Program Chair), with knowledge of the facts and circumstances concerning the offense or violation, recommends approval.
Felony conviction: An applicant shall be rejected who has been convicted of any felony crime, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal or state penal institution.
Drug history: The applicant will be required to reveal any past drug use. A significant history of illegal drug use depending on frequency of use and date last used may be grounds for rejection from the program.
During the summer semester students are required to ride with local law enforcement agencies. Students are required to complete 140 hours of ride time and 12 written reports to satisfy summer practicum requirements.
A dismissal from military service, bad conduct discharge, dishonorable discharge, or administrative discharge of other than honorable from military service shall disqualify the applicant. The administrative discharge of “general under honorable conditions” MAY be grounds for rejection.
The Challenge Exam is administered by a POST facilitator at the CWI campus. The exam consists of 200 questions and must be completed in two hours or less. Upon passing the exam, the student has three years to become employed by an agency. Once employed, the student must complete a probationary period with the department before a basic certificate is issued by POST. The Challenge Exam is given near the completion of the LE program.
It is recommended that you have two years of work history but it is not required.
For continued progression within the program: a “C” or above is required in every theory course and a “Pass” is required in every lab and/or practicum course. You may not move onto the next semester without passing all courses for that semester.
One Stop can provide you with a pre-application form to complete between the February-May deadlines specifically listed on the Law Enforcement Application. Please submit your completed pre-application to the One Stop and they will forward to LeRoy Forsman, Chair of the LE Program. He will review it and contact each applicant concerning eligibility. If all criteria are met, you will have a personal interview with Mr. Forsman.
If you are selected to move on from the interview phase, you will be given a comprehensive application packet from the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Academy. The packet includes vision, hearing, and medical exams that must be completed. The packet also contains sensitive information regarding background information, drug history, and legal history. Once fully completed, the packet is sent off to POST for a background investigation and clearance procedure. Once the packet is cleared, the student is required to take a polygraph exam and a fitness qualification test. If both exams are passed, the student is eligible for the program.
CWI offers an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice that may transfer to four year institutions. The Criminal Justice field is diverse and offers many opportunities other than enforcement careers.
It is recommended that you complete ENGL 101, MATH 123, COMM 101, PSYC 101 prior to starting the program but it is not required. If you get accepted into the program without these general education classes, you will need to complete them with a grade of “C” or higher prior to graduation.
Applications are accepted once a year starting between February and May or until the program fills. Please see the Law Enforcement Application for application specific dates.
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