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The term "police" has been defined as a governmental entity, whether city, county, state, or national that is relied upon to maintain order, keep the peace, detect and prevent crime, respond to and provide emergency services, and enforce criminal law. The North Idaho College (NIC) Law Enforcement program provides professionalism through training to newly hired officers of law enforcement agencies and students seeking employment in law enforcement. The Basic Patrol Academy is designed in a police academy format, accredited by the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) Council. The academy meets five days per week, approximately eight hours per day for one semester. Approximately 45 local law enforcement experts teach more than 60 law enforcement topics, sharing a wide array of experience and knowledge with students in the classroom, in the mat room, in the field skills training, and through scenario-based training.

North Idaho College offers three levels of certification in Law Enforcement from which the student may choose: the Basic Technical Certificate, which is awarded upon completion of the Basic Patrol Academy, the Intermediate Technical Certificate, or the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree.

Please see the specific program requirements for each certificate or the AAS degree. To successfully complete the Basic Patrol Academy, students will be required to pass all P.O.S.T. requirements for physical fitness, marksmanship, and P.O.S.T. written, field skills, and certification tests. Upon successful completion of the Basic Patrol Academy, students are eligible to take the P.O.S.T. Challenge Exam for Peace Officer Certification in Idaho.

The North Idaho College Basic Patrol Academy is accredited by the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.) . Therefore, as a selective admissions program, there are several admission requirements, which include an oral interview, entrance assessment, background check (to include fingerprint submittal, polygraph examination, psychological evaluation), and medical, vision, and hearing examinations. Fees for these tests are the student's responsibility. In addition to the NIC Basic Patrol Academy application, P.O.S.T. also requires an application which is submitted online for P.O.S.T. approval to attend. Upon acceptance into the Basic Patrol Academy, students will be required to purchase and wear NIC Basic Patrol Academy and physical fitness uniforms while in class.

This is a selective-entry program. For program specific requirements, please refer to the program website.

CERTIFIED LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS Students who successfully complete the Basic Patrol Academy will be given credit for LAWE- 161, LAWE-162, AND LAWE-163.

Admissions Procedures

  1. If you would like to learn more about the program, please follow the Request More Info link above, fill out and submit the form, and our program advisor will reach out to you via email with more detailed information.

  2. If you are ready to start the application process, follow the Apply Now link above, fill out the form, and submit it to The program Administrative Assistant will then reach out to schedule a time to take the Entrance Assessment. You should familiarize yourself with what the admissions process will require, which is laid out under the Steps for Admission link above.

  3. For any other questions about the program or application process, please contact the Administrative Assistant or Program Coordinator:

    Abby Owens, Administrative Assistant (208) 665-4522 or
    Captain Stuart Miller, Interim Program Coordinator/Instructor (208) 769-4376 or

Some graduates of the NIC Basic Patrol Academy worked for, or obtained employment from, the following agencies:

Bonners Ferry P.D.
Coeur d'Alene P.D.
Kellogg P.D.
Kootenai County Adult Probation
Kootenai County Juvenile Probation
Bethel Alaska P.D.
Latah County Sheriff's Office
Kootenai County Sheriff's Office
Moscow P.D.
Nez Perce Tribal Police
Post Falls P.D.
Sandpoint P.D.
Spirit Lake P.D.
Rathdrum P.D.
US Border Patrol
Bonner County Sheriff's Office
Boundary County Sheriff's Office
Coeur d'Alene Tribal Police
Plummer P.D.
Shoshone County Sheriff's Office
Plummer P.D.

The classroom for this program is located at 510 S. Clearwater Loop, Post Falls, ID 83854, Suite 201. 

Transportation to outreach centers and other off-campus college facilities is not provided by North Idaho College.


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