Hiring Process

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office testing process takes approximately six to eight weeks. Here is an overview of the process for patrol and detention deputies. View the Hiring Workflow Chart (PDF).

Written / Physical Testing

Once your application has been submitted and screened, you may then be invited to participate in the written and physical readiness testing.New Deputy hires in training

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, he/she will be invited to be interviewed by a panel of Sheriff’s personnel.

Background Check

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): 

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  • Driving history
  • Education
  • Employer contact information
  • Military service
  • Past employment
  • Previous residences
  • References

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 (PDF).


Now offering Detention Deputy and Patrol Deputy Lateral and Relocation Bonuses! Candidates may qualify for both bonuses.

$2,500 Relocation Bonus for Detention Deputies and Patrol Deputies

  • Eligibility: If you are hired for a Detention or Patrol Deputy position and you are relocating from a distance of 100+ miles of Kootenai County

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  • Eligibility: If you are hired for a Detention Deputy or Patrol Deputy position and you:
    • Meet all of the minimum requirements as an entry level applicant and;
    • Have successfully completed a POST certified Basic Detention, Corrections or comparable Federal Academy and;
    • Have a minimum of 24 months experience as a detention deputy, corrections officer or patrol deputy.

Questions about bonuses? You can email the Sheriff’s Office.

Note - bonuses will be paid out on the employee’s first paycheck and are subject to taxes. If the employee leaves prior to one year of employment, they will be required to pay back the bonus on a pro-rata basis.

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.

Hiring Process Workflow Chart (PDF)

KCSO Hiring Process