Application Process

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  • Step 1: You are here

    Visiting this site is the first step toward a career as a New Orleans police officer. Learn about the application process and requirements by using the arrow to the right or the step numbers below.

  • Step 2: Schedule Your Test

    Apply online or print the Civil Service application and Personal History forms (DOWNLOAD them here). Deliver the completed forms in person to the Civil Services office to receive the date and time for your test.

  • Step 3: Pass and Proceed

    The first half of your Civil Service test is multiple choice. Once you pass the initial test, a second written test is administered.

  • Step 4: Show Your Strength

    When you pass your Civil Service test, you will be notified by mail and you will receive instructions on how to schedule your Physical Agility test.

    The NOPD will administer this test, which includes a 1.5-mile run, a 300 meter sprint, push-ups and sprint.

  • Step 5: Show Your Character

    When you receive your letter from Civil Service regarding the status of your Agility test completion, NOPD will also contact you via phone to schedule background checks, drug tests and a lie detector test.

    When these tests are administered, you will also submit your NOPD application packet.
    DOWNLOAD it here.

  • Step 6: Cleared for Hire

    After passing the background check, drug test and lie detector test, you will be given a conditional offer of employment and will be scheduled for medical and psychological screening. Once you are cleared for hire you will be assigned a position within the department until the next Academy class is scheduled.

    For many, this is the toughest step as it requires patience--it could take weeks or months for an Academy class to be scheduled, depending on the staffing needs of the NOPD.

    SIGN UP to receive scheduling.

  • Step 7: Enter the Academy

    Congratulations: once you've completed the previous steps and the Academy is scheduled, you will attend and prepare to Protect and to Serve throughout your career as a member of the NOPD.


The New Orleans Police Department is always looking to recruit those who want to devote themselves to making New Orleans a safer place to live, work and visit. Are you ready to get behind the badge?

Academy Curriculum

  • 01: Orientation to Criminal Justice

    Learn the history of law enforcement, get background on the criminal justice system, and understand the legal aspects of your job within the police department.

    History of Law Enforcement
    2 Hours
    Orientation to Criminal Justice System
    2 Hours
    Orientation to LA Criminal Justice System
    2 Hours
    History of New Orleans Police
    2 Hours
    8 Hours
  • 03: First Aid

    Learn first aid

    First Aid: Adult/Child CPR First Responder
    14 Hours
    14 Hours
  • 04: Firearms

    Learn the history and fundamentals of using firearms—including practical shooting, orientation to shotguns and night firing.

    History of Firearms
    1 Hour  
    Introduction to Glock
    8 Hours
    Fundamentals of Shooting
    4 Hours
    Practical Shooting
    48 Hours
    Legal and Moral Responsibility
    2 Hours
    Orientation to Shotguns
    8 Hours
    Orientation to Gas
    1 Hour  
    Stress/Night Fire
    8 Hours
    80 Hours
  • 05: Investigations

    Gain interviewing and investigating skills for a range of situations and crimes.

    Interviews and Interrogations
    4 Hours
    Preliminary Investigations
    2 Hours
    1 Hour  
    Theft/Burglary Investigation
    2 Hours
    Robbery Investigation
    2 Hours
    Sex Crimes Investigation
    2 Hours
    Drugs and Drug Laws
    4 Hours
    Evidence Collection
    3 Hours
    Homicide Investigations
    3 Hours
    23 Hours
  • 06: Report Writing

    Understand how to prepare various reports and forms.

    Introduction to Report Writing
    4 Hours
    Chapter 82.1
    8 Hours
    Found Property Report Writing
    1 Hour  
    Theft/Burglary Report Writing
    1 Hour  
    Robbery Report Writing
    1 Hours
    Arrest and Search Warrant Forms
    3 Hours
    Rights of an Arrestee Form
    1 Hours
    19 Hours
  • 07: Traffic Services

    Get the basics of motor vehicle laws, citations and accident reports.

    Accident Investigations
    4 Hours
    Motor Vehicle Laws – Municipal/State
    4 Hours
    Issuing Citations
    2 Hours
    Directing Traffic
    2 Hours
    The Accident Report
    7 Hours
    Hit and Run Investigation
    2 Hours
    21 Hours
  • 08: Patrol Activities

    Gain an understanding of patrol basics—from observation to stopping crimes in progress.

    Observation and Perception
    2 Hours
    Methods of Patrol
    2 Hours
    Crimes in Progress
    2 Hours
    Violent Crimes
    2 Hours
    Vehicle Stop Tactics
    4 Hours
    Unusual Occurrences
    2 Hours
    Hazardous Materials
    2 Hours
    Police Driving
    8 Hours
    24 Hours
  • 09: Officer Survival

    Learn various methods of protecting both yourself and your fellow officers with baton handling, arrest techniques and other defense tactics.

    Physical Training Assessment
    7 Hours
    Physical Training Lecture
    2 Hours
    Use of Force
    4 Hours
    Baton Handling/PR-24
    12 Hours
    Baton Handling/ASP
    12 Hours
    Search/Handcuff/Arrest Techniques
    16 Hours
    Weapon Retention
    4 Hours
    Mental Preparation/Legal Aspects
    2 Hours
    Oleoresin Capsicum Spray
    7 Hours
    Defensive Tactics
    8 Hours
    74 Hours
  • 10: Specialized Activities

    Master the finer points of police work like courtroom testimony and handling instances of domestic violence.

    Domestic Violence
    4 Hours
    Auto Theft
    4 Hours
    Courtroom Testimony
    2 Hours
    Handling Juveniles
    1 Hour  
    Homicide/Death Notifications
    1 Hours
    Tactical Problems
    2 Hours
    Hostage Negotiations/Crisis Management
    2 Hours
    Handling the Mentally Disturbed
    5 Hours
    Police Survival: Mental & Legal Aspects
    2 Hours
    4 Hours
    74 Hours
  • 12: Police-Community Relations

    Grasp the responsibilities and roles of a police officer within his or her community.

    Police Ethics
    2 Hours
    Situational & Impartial Law Enforcement
    2 Hours
    The Police Role
    1 Hour  
    Building Respect for the Police
    1 Hour  
    Minority Relations
    2 Hours
    Crime Prevention
    2 Hours
    Media and the Police
    3 Hours
    Introduction to Community Policing
    3 Hours
    74 Hours
  • 12: Tactical Driving

    Learn how to operate your police vehicles wisely, safely and strategically to keep you, your fellow officers and the public protected.

    Tactical (NAPD) Driving
    32 Hours
    32 Hours
Download the Curriculum

Career Path


Starting Salary

Maximum Salary

Police Officer I
Police Officer II
Police Officer III
Police Officer IV
Deputy Chief

Specialized Units

Specialized Units

  • Asset Forfeiture
  • Bomb Squad
  • Bureau Of Field Ops - Administration Unit
  • Canine Unit
  • Central Evidence and Property
  • Child Abuse Unit
  • City Attorney Investigator Detail
  • Court Liaison Unit
  • Crime Analysis
  • Crime Lab
  • Crime Prevention
  • Crime Scene Unit
  • Criminal Records
  • Crisis Management Unit
  • DEA (Drug Task Force)
  • Digital Forensics Unit
  • District Attorney
  • Domestic Violence Unit
  • DWI Unit
  • Family Violence Unit /Elder Abuse
  • Fatality Unit
  • Field Training Program
  • Financial Crimes Unit (Fraud)
  • Gang Investigations Unit
  • Homicide Unit
  • Intelligence Unit
  • Inspections Unit
  • Juvenile Unit
  • Marine Unit
  • Mayor's Security Detail
  • Mounted Unit
  • Narcotics
  • Patrol 
  • Permits Unit
  • Police Academy
  • Public Information Officer (PIO)
  • Public Integrity Bureau (PIB)
  • Range
  • Recruiting and Background Investigations Unit
  • Research & Development
  • Reserve Police Unit
  • Secondary Employment Unit
  • Sex Offender Unit
  • School Resource Officer
  • Special Victims Section
  • Tactical Negotiator
  • Traffic Enforcement Unit (Motorcycle)
  • Traffic Investigations (vehicle crimes)
  • Vice Squad
  • Victim / Witness Assistance Unit
  • Violent Offender Warrant Squad

Employment Benefits

Specialized Units

Employment benefits include but are not limited to:

  • 22 weeks state-certified law enforcement training
  • Group health, dental and vision insurance
  • Free life insurance
  • Free and reduced college tuition programs at Tulane University, Delgado, UNO, and Loyola, among others
  • Excellent retirement plan
  • Shift differential pay
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • 15 days of military reserve paid leave
  • Yearly uniform allowance
  • Deferred compensation plans available

Annual Special Pay Incentives

Awarded to highly-qualified officers within certain NOPD units

  • $1,500 Field Training Officer
  • $1,500 Special Operations Division
  • $1,500 Marine Unit (Divers)
  • $1,500 K-9 (Handlers)
  • $1,500 Mounted (Horse)
  • $1,500 Traffic (Motorcycle)
  • $1,500 Bomb Squad

Annual bonus paid to higher education degree holders:

  • $1,000 Associates
  • $2,000 Bachelors 
  • $3,000 Masters or Doctorate

Annual Property Tax Disbursement (millage dedicated for police and firefighters)

Military Personnel

Attention all former military personnel

NOPD offering immediate employment upon completion of the initial testing process for POLICE RECRUIT. Get paid while you undergo the background, medical, and psychological screenings.

The New Orleans Police Department is currently actively engaged in an aggressive recruitment campaign. One of our priorities for 2014 is to hire 150 police recruits. That said, we are targeting former military personnel to take on the challenge of continuing your service by serving your local community in law enforcement. We are seeking applicants with military backgrounds to offer immediate employment opportunities, essentially earning a salary while continuing the background process.

Benefits include, but are not limited to paid holidays (13), accrual of annual and sick leave (1 day per month), reasonable healthcare rates, annual uniform voucher, start accumulating time towards seniority for longevity increases, etc. and all while continuing the completion of the background process and medical/psychological screening process.

Only 3 steps required

  • 1. Complete New Orleans Civil Service application for Police Recruit in its entirety which can now be done online. You must submit proof of a High School Diploma/GED and two years of full time military service.
  • 2. Successfully pass initial phase of examination process (multiple choice test, writing exercise & physical agility)
  • 3. Successfully pass a criminal background check

Upon completion of the application and examination process, former military personnel will be immediately offered the transition position of Police Aide. Duties of a Police Aide are administrative/training in nature and are beneficial in that it provides the ability for applicants to begin learning the organization through various work assignments throughout the Police Department.

The Police Aide position pays $28,882 annually . Upon completion of full Police Recruit background investigation, medical, and psychological tests, the applicant receives immediate promotion to Police Recruit with a salary to $34,797 annually.

Thank you for considering employment with the New Orleans Police Department, please contact Civil Service at 504-658-3500 for more information on application and examination or apply online for exam here.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the minimum requirements to apply to become a police officer?


  1. Must be at least 20 years of age
  2. High school graduate or possess a state approved G.E.D.
  3. In possession of at least sixty (60) hours of college credits or an earned Associate Degree from an accredited college or university* All college credits must be on one transcript
  4. Be licensed to drive and have a good driving record and driving experience
  5. In good physical and psychological condition to perform the essential functions of the job of Police Officer

*Two years of full-time military service or four years of service in the National Guard or Reserves may be substituted for the sixty (60) hours of college credits, or an earned Associates Degree. Applicants with two years of patrol and/or investigative law enforcement experience, beyond academy and field training, who lack an active P.O.S.T. certification or equivalent may also substitute their law enforcement experience for the sixty hours of college credits.


  1. Former NOPD officer who left in good standing
  2. Have current Peace Officers and Standard Training Council (POST) certification
  3. Have valid Louisiana driver's license
  4. In good physical and psychological condition


  1. Have current Peace Officers and Standard Training Council (POST) certification or certification from an equivalent state board AND two (2) consecutive years of full-time patrol and/or investigative law enforcement experience beyond academy and field training
  2. Be at least 20 years old
  3. Be a high school graduate or have a state-approved G.E.D.
  4. Be licensed to drive and have a good driving record and driving experience
  5. In good physical and psychological condition

New Reserve

  1. Must be at least 20 years old
  2. High school graduate or possess a state approved G.E.D.
  3. In possession of at least sixty (60) hours of college credits from an accredited college or university (all college credits must be on one transcript), OR two years of full-time military service in lieu of college hours
  4. In good physical and psychological condition to perform the essential functions of the job of Police Officer


  1. Been convicted of, pled guilty or nolo contendere to any Felony
  2. Been convicted of, pled guilty or nolo contendere to any Misdemeanor involving any crimes against person or sexual offenses
  3. Been convicted of, pled guilty or nolo contendere to, any offenses involving violations of the civil rights of any person under the constitution or laws of the United States or any state or territory
  4. Used marijuana within two years prior to application (within three years prior to application for lateral applicants)
  5. Used any illegal drug other than marijuana within ten years prior to application
  6. Sold, distributed, manufactured, or transported any illegal drug
  7. Used any prescription drug or legally obtainable substance in a manner for which it was not intended within two years prior to application (within three years prior to application for lateral applicants)
  8. Been dishonorably discharged from any military service
  9. Been terminated or forced to resign from any law enforcement agency for disciplinary reasons
  10. Refused to submit to a polygraph examination and/or voice stress examination
  11. An unacceptable driving record within five years of application, as evidenced by, three or more negligent collisions; suspension for moving violations; revocation, or operating after suspension/revocation of driving licenses; DWI or DUI convictions
What are the steps involved in becoming a New Orleans Police Officer?

The first step in becoming a New Orleans Police Officer is to submit an application through Civil Service, following the detailed instructions found there. Questions regarding the application process, can be directed to Civil Service at (504) 658-3500.

Do applicants need to mail in their original documents?

Civil Service allows out-of-town applicants to send in photocopies of the required documents to demonstrate they meet minimum qualifications, and will schedule those who do to take the written exam. Applicants are then required to bring the originals to the written test.

Local applicants must bring original documents in with them when they apply.

Does NOPD accept applications from outside the United States?

Yes. People may apply from outside the US, however, all applicants must physically report to New Orleans, Louisiana, for testing and to initiate a background investigation. Applicants will be required to make two trips to New Orleans, minimum.

Additionally, every applicant will need to be present for the entire training process.

Applicants must demonstrate college credits/military service obtained outside the US is equivalent to US college/military time.

How many trips must out-of-town applicants make to New Orleans?

There is no single answer. NOPD tailors testing and background investigation to each individual applicant. Although they may be similar in nature, no two applicants' processing takes the same course or length of time to complete.

Do applicants need to be US Citizens?

No. All applicants must have the legal right to work in the United States prior to application, but do not have to be United States citizens to apply for a position with the New Orleans Police Department.

Do NOPD officers need to live within New Orleans?

As of April 2014, the previous residency requirement has been lifted. Currently, applicants do not have to live within New Orleans to become an officer with the New Orleans Police Department.

How long is the hiring process?

NOPD tailors each testing and background investigation to the individual applicant. Although they may be similar in nature, no two applicants' processing takes the same course or length of time to complete. The frequency of Police Recruit classes also factors in the amount of time it takes to process applicants.


New Orleans Police Department

map 715 South Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119
Phone: 504-658-5575 Fax: 504-658-5411

You can apply online or submit your completed application (DOWNLOAD one here) via mail or in person to the New Orleans Civil Service Department at 1340 Poydras St., Suite 900, New Orleans, LA 70112.