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 help our employees live their best life, and ensuring that our officers are as comfortable and confident as possible on the job is one of the most important ways we can support that goal.  As such, we are committed to providing training, support, and mentoring for each and every officer throughout their career.  In addition, Moscow has great partnerships with other local law enforcement agencies and the local chapter of Fraternal Order of Police Palouse Lodge.  This commitment and these relationships provide a tremendous support system for 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, helping kids pick out holiday presents for their families or fitting free helmets for kiddos at the Officer Lee Newbill Safety Fair, or doing car seats checks and providing free car seats to those in need to make sure our smallest community members stay safe.  Chief Fry also hosts a regular Coffee with a Cop session talking one of one with community members.  We’re always open to new ideas on how to reach out to the community as well.  We host programs to provide the means to highlight law enforcement in a positive light that pay dividends for our officers and our community such as:

  • Prescription Drug Take-Back Program
  • Latah County Mental Health Court
  • Moscow Police Department Kid’s Camp Program
  • Palouse Anti-Crime Team
  • Police Explorers High School Program
  • Citizens Police Academy
  • Officer Newbill Kids Safety Fair
  • National Night Out

A Team Approach

All members of the agency have an impact on the direction of the department.  We get the importance of buy-in at all levels of an organization.  We also know that throughout the ranks each member is a professional and brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the job at hand.  This ties in directly to our work to enhance the positive view of law enforcement in our community.  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.


How about a traditional pension with a contemporary work schedule and pay?  It can be difficult to manage family time when working different shifts required of officers.  We provide the flexibility and opportunities for officers to take breakfast, lunch or dinner breaks at home with families and flex time to make it to those soccer games or school plays.  We encourage our officers to make up family and personal time due to the odd hours associated with police work. Visit our Employee Benefits and Employee Compensation pages to learn more.

Career Opportunities

The MPD offers exciting career progression and promotional opportunities. At the Moscow Police Department we’re hiring not just officers, we’re looking for individuals to assist in a myriad of ways that best fit their 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 cop, 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 brand 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

In December 2002, the MPD was acknowledged by the Idaho Chiefs of Police Association (ICPOPA) as having met all 94 professional standards required to be accredited by their association. The MPD was the fifth agency in Idaho to be recognized for this exceptional accomplishment. In 2008 and 2013, additional reviews were conducted to determine if our best practices and operational standards had been maintained since the initial accreditation, the MPD was re-accredited both years. In 2011, ICOPA has changed their accreditation review cycles from five year to three-year intervals. In March 2016, after only two hours on-site, the ICOPA assessment team found the MPD to be in 100 percent compliance, and the department was awarded re-accreditation. 

Law Enforcement Community

The law enforcement community in Moscow is strong.  With several agencies in our area, including the Latah County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho State Police, we work and play together.  Softball games, family events, date nights, and fun runs are just a few of the community building events we enjoy each year.  The local Fraternal Order of Police Palouse Lodge chapter 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  Police Chief James Fry can be reached directly at 208-883-7064 or 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.