Officer Training

Field Training Officer Program - New Officers

Our Field Training Program is constructed to blend training acquired at the Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy with the commitments and obligations of an officer assigned to patrol duty. The police recruit is assigned to sixteen weeks of extensive training and evaluation by Field Training Officers. The recruits are critiqued daily on their performance in thirty-one divergent fields. The recruit receives hands-on, practical training as well as personal experiences from their training officer. Completion of the Field Training Officer program is a prerequisite for an officer to be awarded their Basic Police Officer Certification and to move to solo patrol. 

Officers selected as Field Training Officers are highly motivated and are committed to the five core values of the department: Service, Pride, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence and carry these core values to other officers during and after their training experience.  Their selection is based on their above average knowledge and skills as a police officer and their ability to teach and communicate effectively.   

Idaho Peace Officers Standard Training

Idaho POST offers a 14-week academy in Meridian, Idaho.   All new law enforcement officers are required to attend this academy.  The curriculum focuses on the foundation of knowledge and practical skills necessary to be a law enforcement officer in the state of Idaho. All POST instructors are police officers, retired police officers or work in a field related to law enforcement.  Successful completion of a POST basic academy or its equivalent is required to be eligible for basic certification.  Lateral police officers who are certified in another state can challenge the POST Academy by completing an online course of instruction and taking a challenge test through an Idaho POST Regional Coordinator.

Ongoing Training for Officers

Members of the Moscow Police Department are continuously updating their knowledge and skill set in order to provide the best possible service to our community. Safety is paramount for our community and our officers.   Our new, large training room provides ample space to host high quality, top-notch trainings for our department and other members of our local law enforcement community taught by renown instructors in the law enforcement arena. Hosting training is much more economical and allows more training hours for each officer.