Police Officer Hiring Process

The Garden City Police Department is accepting applications for both lateral and cadet police officers. Selected applicants will be subject to written testing, POST Physical Readiness test, extensive background investigation including character, financial, psychological review, fingerprinting and polygraph.

Starting wage is: $27.14 / hr. for new recruit, and DOE and POST certification for laterals.

  • Benefits include:
    • All equipment and uniforms issued upon hire
    • $1,000 annual clothing allowance
    • Take-home vehicle program (residency restrictions)
    • 40 hours of training annually
    • Patrol works 15 shifts per month with 15 days off (12-hour shifts)
    • Two weeks vacation per year with incremental increases for years of service
    • Overtime paid bi-weekly
    • Court appearances paid at minimum of 2.5 hours of overtime
    • POST certification pay (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)
    • 11 paid holidays annually
    • Paid medical and dental insurance for employee, City allotment for dependents
    • Eight hours of accrued sick leave per month (accrued up to 1,040 hours)
    • Idaho PERSI retirement
    • Deferred compensation match of up to 3%, depending on years of service
    • Paid gym membership
    • 3-week sabbatical after every ten years of service
    • Birthdays off with pay
    • Physical Fitness Days Off
    • Flexible Spending Account

*Benefits are subject to change with City Council approval*


  • Specialized assignments include:
    • K9 Handler
    • STEP/Motor Team
    • Metro SWAT Team
    • Criminal Investigations
    • Firearms
    • Bilingual
    • Drug Recognition Expert
    • Field Training Officer
    • Acting Field Commander
    • DUI
    • And Others
  • Specialties are compensated per specialty, not to exceed three at any time

Application can be downloaded from this web page or picked up in person at the Garden City Police Department, 301 E. 50th Street, between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday-Friday.

 Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V