Community Police Officer - Make a difference

It's called having the heart of a public servant.   It means more than just going to work; it means loving what you do each and every day as you contribute to the good life, while living your best life.

Joining the City of Moscow as a Community Police Officer means you’ll have an exciting work environment, a stable career path with student loan forgiveness and promotional opportunities, an outstanding compensation and benefit package with predictable retirement, and a positive career image.

Situated in a scenic university town, Moscow enjoys a uniquely positive relationship with the community it serves.  The department prides itself on its team-based approach and positive law enforcement practices that result in our officers truly being embraced by our vibrant, active community.

Our goal is to ensure that all of the officers in our department are comfortable and confident with their career both on and off of the job.  We are committed to providing training, support, and mentoring for each and every officer throughout their entire career.  In addition, Moscow has great partnerships with other local law enforcement agencies, including the Latah County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho State Police and the local Fraternal Order of Police Chapter #149. Our community shares a strong family bond, and these partnerships provide a tremendous amount of support for our officers and their families.

Community Policing in Moscow

Our outreach extends beyond traffic stops and investigation. Officers regularly have the opportunity to participate in positive community activities including our holiday grant-sponsored Shop with a Cop program; the Officer Lee Newbill Safety Fair; Bookabunga - where officers read to elementary school students; the Citizens Police Academy and National Night Out Against Crime. 

In addition to our big community events the Moscow Police Department continually participates in programs throughout the year that highlight law enforcement in a positive light and pay dividends for our officers and our community. These programs include:

  • Prescription Drug Take-Back Program                          
  • Latah County Mental Health Court
  • Latah County Drug Court
  • MPD Cadet Program
  • Palouse Anti-Crime Team
  • Citizens Police Academy
  • Fraternal Order of Police Thanksgiving Turkey Drive
  • The Latah Recovery Center
  • No Shave November - donations to the Light a Candle Foundation 
  • Shop with a Cop
  • National Night Out
  • Officer Lee Newbill Safety Fair

A Team Approach

Every member of our department has an impact on the direction of our agency.  We understand the importance of “buying-in” at all levels of an organization.  We also know that no matter what position an officer holds they are each professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge and their own set of skills to the job at hand. We work hard and continually strive for new ways to enhance our community’s positive view of law enforcement. This team approach is key to not only serving our community, but in driving the internal work of the department as well, and results in a cooperative yet independent atmosphere.  We work hard to let the professionals at any level do their work as they often have the most experience and can provide the best information related to the task at hand.

Compensation

The City of Moscow offers a benefits package that includes paid health, dental, vision and life insurance. Additional benefits include an HRA VEBA, Flexible Spending Account, supplemental life and voluntary insurance plans.  The City provides paid sick and vacation leave; twelve paid holidays per year and inclusion in the Public Employees Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI). The City of Moscow is a qualifying employer under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  

Career Opportunities

The Moscow Police Department offers exciting career progression and promotional opportunities. We’re looking for individuals to contribute to our team in ways that best fit their unique skills and strengths.  

Career Opportunities:

  • Arrest Techniques Instructor
  • Bike Officer
  • Campus Division Officer
  • Detective
  • Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) Instructor
  • Field Training Officer     
  • Firearms Armorer
  • Firearms Instructor
  • Forensic Detectives Position
  • Motorcycle Traffic Enforcement
  • Narcotics Officer
  • K9 Officer
  • School Resource Officer
  • Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team Member (Entry, Sniper and Negotiations)
  • Taser Instructor
  • Opportunities for Promotion to Corporal, Sergeant, Captain and Chief

Safety & Training

We want our community and our officers to be as safe as possible. So, if you care enough to be a law enforcement officer, we'll make sure you're safe and protected through top-notch trainings. Our department also hosts some of the most informative courses in the nation in our new facility and training room.

Interested in becoming a trainer? We have those opportunities too!  

Training Opportunities:

  • Field Training Officer
  • Firearms
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC)
  • Interview and Interrogations
  • Crime Scene Investigations/Advanced Crime Scene Investigations
  • Leadership Courses
  • Swat Training
  • Taser
  • Bike Officer
  • Motor Unit Officer
  • Crowd Control Training

State of Idaho Accreditation

Since December 2002, the MPD has been acknowledged by the Idaho Chiefs of Police Association (ICOPA) as an accredited institution that continually meets the 99 professional standards.

The MPD was the fifth agency in the State of Idaho to be recognized for this exceptional accomplished.  Reaccreditation visits take place every three years.  Additional accreditation reviews show our best practices and operational standards have been maintained 100% since the initial accreditation.

Law Enforcement Community

The law enforcement community in Moscow is strong.  We continually partner with the Latch County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho State Police for work and social events. Softball games, family events, date nights, Shop with a Cop, Newbill Safety Fair and fun runs are just a few of the community-building events we enjoy each year.  The local Fraternal Order of Police Palouse Lodge #149 serves our area and provides opportunities for our law enforcement families to get together.

Apply Now

It's called having the "heart of a public servant" and it means more than just going to work, it means loving what you do each and every day as you contribute to the greater good.  For more information on becoming a member of the Moscow Police Department and City of Moscow team, give us a call or send an email.  Captain Roger Lanier can be reached at 208-883-7059 or rlanier@ci.moscow.id.us. Jen Pfiffner or Kelsey Manning in the Human Resources Department are available at 208-883-7001. 

If you're ready to join us now, click here to begin the application process!  A completed law enforcement application, resume and cover letter are required and will be accepted by the Human Resources Department on a continuous basis.