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.

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.

    01-001
    History of Law Enforcement
    2 Hours
    01-002
    Orientation to Criminal Justice System
    2 Hours
    01-003
    Orientation to LA Criminal Justice System
    2 Hours
    01-004
    History of New Orleans Police
    2 Hours
    Total:
    8 Hours
  • 03: First Aid

    Learn first aid

    03-001
    First Aid: Adult/Child CPR First Responder
    14 Hours
    Total:
    14 Hours
  • 04: Firearms

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

    04-001
    History of Firearms
    1 Hour  
    04-002
    Introduction to Glock
    8 Hours
    04-003
    Fundamentals of Shooting
    4 Hours
    04-004
    Practical Shooting
    48 Hours
    04-005
    Legal and Moral Responsibility
    2 Hours
    04-006
    Orientation to Shotguns
    8 Hours
    04-007
    Orientation to Gas
    1 Hour  
    04-008
    Stress/Night Fire
    8 Hours
    Total:
    80 Hours
  • 05: Investigations

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

    05-001
    Interviews and Interrogations
    4 Hours
    05-002
    Preliminary Investigations
    2 Hours
    05-004
    Fingerprinting
    1 Hour  
    05-005
    Theft/Burglary Investigation
    2 Hours
    05-007
    Robbery Investigation
    2 Hours
    05-008
    Sex Crimes Investigation
    2 Hours
    05-011
    Drugs and Drug Laws
    4 Hours
    05-014
    Evidence Collection
    3 Hours
    05-016
    Homicide Investigations
    3 Hours
    Total:
    23 Hours
  • 06: Report Writing

    Understand how to prepare various reports and forms.

    06-001
    Introduction to Report Writing
    4 Hours
    06-002
    Chapter 82.1
    8 Hours
    06-003
    Found Property Report Writing
    1 Hour  
    06-004
    Theft/Burglary Report Writing
    1 Hour  
    06-005
    Robbery Report Writing
    1 Hours
    06-010
    Arrest and Search Warrant Forms
    3 Hours
    06-011
    Rights of an Arrestee Form
    1 Hours
    Total:
    19 Hours
  • 07: Traffic Services

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

    07-001
    Accident Investigations
    4 Hours
    07-002
    Motor Vehicle Laws – Municipal/State
    4 Hours
    07-004
    Issuing Citations
    2 Hours
    07-005
    Directing Traffic
    2 Hours
    07-006
    The Accident Report
    7 Hours
    07-008
    Hit and Run Investigation
    2 Hours
    Total:
    21 Hours
  • 08: Patrol Activities

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

    08-001
    Observation and Perception
    2 Hours
    08-002
    Methods of Patrol
    2 Hours
    08-003
    Crimes in Progress
    2 Hours
    08-004
    Violent Crimes
    2 Hours
    08-005
    Vehicle Stop Tactics
    4 Hours
    08-007
    Unusual Occurrences
    2 Hours
    08-008
    Hazardous Materials
    2 Hours
    08-009
    Police Driving
    8 Hours
    Total:
    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.

    09-001
    Physical Training Assessment
    7 Hours
    09-002
    Physical Training Lecture
    2 Hours
    09-005
    Use of Force
    4 Hours
    09-006
    Baton Handling/PR-24
    12 Hours
    09-007
    Baton Handling/ASP
    12 Hours
    09-008
    Search/Handcuff/Arrest Techniques
    16 Hours
    09-009
    Weapon Retention
    4 Hours
    09-010
    Mental Preparation/Legal Aspects
    2 Hours
    09-014
    Oleoresin Capsicum Spray
    7 Hours
    09-015
    Defensive Tactics
    8 Hours
    Total:
    74 Hours
  • 10: Specialized Activities

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

    10-001
    Domestic Violence
    4 Hours
    10-002
    Auto Theft
    4 Hours
    10-003
    Courtroom Testimony
    2 Hours
    10-004
    Handling Juveniles
    1 Hour  
    10-005
    Homicide/Death Notifications
    1 Hours
    10-006
    Tactical Problems
    2 Hours
    10-007
    Hostage Negotiations/Crisis Management
    2 Hours
    10-008
    Handling the Mentally Disturbed
    5 Hours
    10-010
    Police Survival: Mental & Legal Aspects
    2 Hours
    10-012
    D.W.I.
    4 Hours
    Total:
    74 Hours
  • 12: Police-Community Relations

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

    11-001
    Police Ethics
    2 Hours
    11-002
    Situational & Impartial Law Enforcement
    2 Hours
    11-004
    The Police Role
    1 Hour  
    11-005
    Building Respect for the Police
    1 Hour  
    11-006
    Minority Relations
    2 Hours
    11-008
    Crime Prevention
    2 Hours
    11-010
    Media and the Police
    3 Hours
    11-011
    Introduction to Community Policing
    3 Hours
    Total:
    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.

    12-002
    Tactical (NAPD) Driving
    32 Hours
    Total:
    32 Hours
Download the Curriculum

Career Path

Salary

Starting Salary

Maximum Salary

Recruit
34,797
Police Officer I
36,570
57,909
Police Officer II
38,433
62,391
Police Officer III
40,391
65,569
Police Officer IV
42,449
68,909
Sgt.
46,885
Lt.
50,513
81,999
Captain
59,396
97,624
Deputy Chief
114,678
(unclassified)

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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Forms

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

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

Recruit

  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 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

Reinstatement

  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

Laterals

  1. Have current Peace Officers and Standard Training Council (POST) certification
  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. Two years of full-time consecutive law enforcement service (patrol and/or investigative experience). Credit for time spent in the academy and field training will not be considered and/or factored into the two years of experience.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Disqualifications

  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 or possessed illegal drugs.
  5. Recruits: Used marijuana within two years prior to application. Laterals: Used marijuana within three years prior to application.
  6. Used a drug not prescribed to him/her which may cause dependency including, but not limited to barbiturates, tranquilizers, or amphetamines within two years prior to application.
  7. Been dishonorably discharged from any military service.
  8. Been terminated or forced to resign from any law enforcement agency for disciplinary reasons.
  9. Refused to submit to a polygraph examination and/or voice stress examination.
  10. 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?

Yes, there is a residency requirement that all NOPD Officers must live within Orleans Parish, but they are not required to be residents during Academy or for a 1-year probationary period afterward. Officers have 180 days to move to Orleans after the end of their post-Academy 1-year probation period.

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.

Contact

New Orleans Police Department

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

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.