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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How long is the Law Enforcement Program?
  2. Are there any disqualifiers to entering the program?
  3. I’m only 19 years old. May I attend the Law Enforcement Program?
  4. How much does the Law Enforcement Program cost?
  5. Is the Law Enforcement Program safe?
  6. Where do graduates typically become employed after they graduate?
  7. Is there a benefit to attending the Law Enforcement Program vs applying to an agency and going to POST?
  8. What academic degree options are available for attending the Law Enforcement Program?
  9. What are the class hours of the program?
  10. Are there physical requirements to enter the program?
  11. What are the classes like?
  12. What salary can I expect to make as a police officer or deputy sheriff?

1. How long is the Law Enforcement Program?

The CSI Law Enforcement Program is 16 weeks and is held each Spring and Fall semester, each year. Additionally, we offer a Detention curriculum that students may add and attend each Summer semester in addition to the Spring & Fall patrol curriculum. The Detention Curriculum typically lasts the first two weeks of the Summer term.

2. Are there any disqualifiers to entering the program?

Yes, applicants who:

  • Currently illegally use controlled substances
  • Have smoked or used marijuana within the previous three years of their application (Regardless if it was legal in the state they were in)
  • Have illegally used any “hard” narcotic substances within the last five years
  • Have used any drug habitually at any time
  • Have ever been convicted of any felony crimes
  • Have ever been convicted of any acts of domestic violence
  • Have or currently engage in illegal activity
  • Have more than five moving violations within the past three years
  • Are prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm
  • Have committed an illegal-violent sex act

may be prohibited from entering the CSI Law Enforcement Program in accordance with Idaho POST Rules.

3. I’m only 19 years old. May I attend the Law Enforcement Program?

Applicants who are under the age of 21 are not eligible to take the POST certification exam at the conclusion of the program. Therefore, the student should wait to apply once they turn 20 years of age.

4. How much does the Law Enforcement Program cost?

Currently, the program consists of 22 college credits. Please refer to the current CSI Catalog for the most current fees per credit. Some expense is required by the applicant and student such as :

  • $45 Background Check Fee
  • $150 Polygraph Fee
  • $70 Uniform Fee (Accepted Students)
  • Other equipment costs as disclosed during the application process for supplies may be needed as well.

5. Is the Law Enforcement Program safe?

All classes in the CSI Law Enforcement Program are administered by professional instructors who are certified by the Idaho POST Council to teach. Safety plans have been developed and are strictly followed by the students and staff of the program.

6. Where do graduates typically become employed after they graduate?

Although, the CSI Law Enforcement program only certifies the student for Idaho, our graduates move on to become law enforcement officers all over Southern Idaho as well as, throughout the surrounding states. Often, graduates are employed locally by the surrounding law enforcement agencies at the city, county and state levels.

7. Is there a benefit to attending the Law Enforcement Program vs applying to an agency and going to POST?

Yes! As a CSI Law Enforcement student/graduate, you earn college credit toward an associate degree in Law Enforcement and/or Criminal Justice. Additionally, the program allows the student to apply as a “Certifiable” applicant. Thus, eliminating the agencies need to send you to the Idaho POST Academy.

8. What academic degree options are available for attending the Law Enforcement Program?

There are three graduation options for students attending the Law Enforcement Program, they are:

  • Associate of Applied Science
  • Intermediate Technical Certificate
  • Basic Technical Certificate

Please refer to the current course catalog or click the “Semester Plans” link to the left for specific information.

9. What are the class hours of the program?

The class hours of the Law Enforcement Program are typically Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. However, not all days will run until 5:00 PM.

10. Are there physical requirements to enter the program?

Yes. Applicants are required to perform a Physical Readiness Test prior to admittance to the program. The following standards must be met:

  • Vertical Jump Test – Minimum 14 inches
  • One Minute Sit-Up Test – Minimum 15 sit-ups
  • Maximum Push-up Test – Minimum 21 (No Time Limit)
  • 300 Meter Run – Minimum 77 seconds or less
  • 1.5 Mile Run/Walk – Minimum 17 minutes 17 seconds or less

In addition, applicants must undergo a medical/hearing screening and meet the minimum requirements for entrance prior to admittance to the program.

11. What are the classes like?

Classes are typically taught in a classroom setting where an instructor provides lectures, videos and presentations. For other classes requiring practical skill, students are taught in areas such as: Mat rooms, shooting ranges and in mock scenarios in the field. Additionally, the program uses various training platforms like shooting and driving simulators and actual patrol vehicles. Students wear uniforms that are similar to that of Law Enforcement and are expected to follow grooming standards to prepare them for entry to the Law Enforcement profession.

12. What salary can I expect to make as a police officer or deputy sheriff?

Idaho salaries for police officers and sheriff deputies range between $12 to $30 an hour for entry level officers. The profession affords many opportunities for advancement and typically provides benefits such as:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Health Coverage
  • Retirement Programs
  • Vacation, Sick Leave and other Paid Time Off