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  • Step 1: Apply

    Starting the application process is easy—just apply online today. You can also print the Civil Service application and Personal History forms (DOWNLOAD them here).

    Printed forms can be mailed or personally delivered to Civil Services at 1340 Poydras Street, Suite 900, New Orleans, LA 70112. Keep reading to learn about what comes next.

  • Step 2: Schedule Your Test

    You can take the test any weekday at 9:30 AM at the New Orleans Civil Service Office. Civil Service also offers consolidated testing dates for out of town applicants.

    On test day, bring your completed Civil Service Application, Personal History Form, current driver’s license and a high school diploma, high school transcript, or General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) issued by a state Department of Education. College diplomas will also be accepted.

    Original documents or official reissues must be presented at the test. Copies will not be accepted on test day.

  • 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 the Civil Service test, you will be notified by mail and you will receive instructions on when and where to appear for your Panel Interview and your Physical Agility test. The physical agility test includes a 1.5-mile run, a 300-meter sprint and push-ups.

  • Step 5: Show Your Character

    After passing the Panel Interview and Agility Test, you will be contacted by NOPD to schedule a background check including but not limited to: fingerprinting, drug testing and computerized voice stress analysis (CVSA) testing.

  • Step 6: Cleared for Hire

    After passing all parts of the background investigation 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 offered a position within the department until the next Academy class is scheduled.

  • 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 an overview of the criminal justice system, including the structure and inter-relationships of the agencies associated with the criminal justice system.

    History of Law Enforcement
    2 Hour(s)
    Orientation to Criminal Justice System
    2 Hour(s)
    Orientation to LA Criminal Justice System
    2 Hour(s)
    History of New Orleans Police Department
    2 Hour(s)
    8 Hour(s)
  • 02: First Aid

    Learn initial life–sustaining treatment for victims of medical emergencies.

    First Aid: Adult/Child CPR First Responder
    16 Hour(s)
    16 Hour(s)
  • 03: Report Writing

    Understand the importance and mechanics of report writing; focusing on organization, grammar and spelling for well-written reports.

    Introduction to Report Writing/Chapter 82.1
    24 Hour(s)
    Major Occurrence Sign-in Sheet
    1 Hour(s)
    Signal Codes
    1 Hour(s)
    Trip Sheets
    1 Hour(s)
    Affidavits and Summons
    2 Hour(s)
    Found Property Report Writing
    2 Hour(s)
    Theft/Burglary Report Writing
    2 Hour(s)
    Simple Battery Report Writing
    2 Hour(s)
    Narcotic Violation Report Writing
    2 Hour(s)
    Arrest and Search Warrant Forms
    2 Hour(s)
    Rights of an Arrestee Form
    1 Hour(s)
    40 Hour(s)
  • 05: Firearms

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

    Fundamentals of Shooting
    4 Hour(s)
    Firearms Proficiency Practice
    48 Hour(s)
    Orientation to Shotguns
    4 Hour(s)
    Legal and Moral Responsibilities
    2 Hour(s)
    Introduction to GLOCK
    12 Hour(s)
    Stress/Night Fire
    8 Hour(s)
    History of Firearms
    2 Hour(s)
    80 Hour(s)
  • 06: Investigations

    Learn interviewing, investigation and evidence collection responsibilities of a police officer.

    Interviews and Interrogations
    5 Hour(s)
    Preliminary Investigations
    3 Hour(s)
    Evidence Collection
    6 Hour(s)
    2 Hour(s)
    Homicide Investigations
    3 Hour(s)
    Theft/Burglary Investigation
    2 Hour(s)
    Robbery Investigations
    4 Hour(s)
    Sex Crimes Investigation
    4 Hour(s)
    Identity Theft
    3 Hour(s)
    Drugs and Drug Laws
    4 Hour(s)
    Major Crime Scene Investigations
    2 Hour(s)
    Crimes Against Persons Investigations
    2 Hour(s)
    Hate Crimes Investigations
    1 Hour(s)
    Processing Latent Prints
    16 Hour(s)
    57 Hour(s)
  • 07: Traffic Services

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

    Crash Investigations
    8 Hour(s)
    Hit and Run Investigations
    2 Hour(s)
    The Crash Report
    8 Hour(s)
    Motor Vehicle Laws-Municipal / State
    4 Hour(s)
    Grade Crossing Collision Investigation
    2 Hour(s)
    Traffic Incident Management
    4 Hour(s)
    Directing Traffic
    2 Hour(s)
    Traffic Scenario Exercise
    4 Hour(s)
    Hit and Run Scenario Exercise
    2 Hour(s)
    Towing Allocation
    1 Hour(s)
    37 Hour(s)
  • 08: Patrol Activities

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

    Observation and Perception
    2 Hour(s)
    Methods of Patrol
    2 Hour(s)
    Crimes in Progress
    4 Hour(s)
    Police Driving (taught in NAPD lecture)
    8 Hour(s)
    Vehicle Stop Tactics
    8 Hour(s)
    Violent Crimes
    2 Hour(s)
    Unusual Occurrences
    1 Hour(s)
    Hazardous Materials
    2 Hour(s)
    Issuing Citations
    2 Hour(s)
    Radio Communication Procedures
    4 Hour(s)
    Tactical Pursuit Driving and Accident Avoidance
    40 Hour(s)
    Active Shooter Response
    24 Hour(s)
    Building Searches
    8 Hour(s)
    107 Hour(s)
  • 09: Specialized Activities

    Master the finer points of police work like courtroom testimony, auto theft and handling the mentally disturbed.

    Auto Theft
    8 Hour(s)
    Courtroom Testimony
    8 Hour(s)
    OWI (DWI) Enforcement
    4 Hour(s)
    Tactical Problems
    2 Hour(s)
    Hostage Negotiations/Crisis Management
    2 Hour(s)
    Handling the Mentally Disturbed
    16 Hour(s)
    Police Survival: Mental and Legal Aspects
    2 Hour(s)
    Crowd Control
    1 Hour(s)
    Introduction to Terrorism
    1 Hour(s)
    Disaster Management and Planning
    1 Hour(s)
    SWAT Tactics
    1 Hour(s)
    46 Hour(s)
  • 10: Officer Survival

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

    Baton Handling: PR-24 and Expandable
    24 Hour(s)
    Defensive Tactics / Weapon Retention
    12 Hour(s)
    Arrest (Search and Handcuff) Techniques
    16 Hour(s)
    Preparing for Deadly Encounters
    2 Hour(s)
    Orientation to Chemical Agents
    1 Hour(s)
    Street/ Officer Survival
    32 Hour(s)
    Simulation Training
    32 Hour(s)
    Police K9 Operations
    1 Hour(s)
    Bomb Threats/Hazardous Devices
    1 Hour(s)
    Strategic Self-Defense and Grappling Tactics (SSGT)
    40 Hour(s)
    TASER (X-26) Certification
    8 Hour(s)
    Tactical Communication
    4 Hour(s)
    U.S. Attorney’s Office (Use of Force)
    4 Hour(s)
    Independent Police Monitor
    2 Hour(s)
    Handling Stress
    2 Hour(s)
    177 Hour(s)
  • 11: Becoming a Professional Peace Officer

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

    Standards of Conduct / Police Ethics
    2 Hour(s)
    The Police Role in the Community
    2 Hour(s)
    Diversity in the Community / CRASH (movie)
    6 Hour(s)
    Building Respect for the Peace Officer
    2 Hour(s)
    Crime Prevention
    4 Hour(s)
    Police and the Public
    2 Hour(s)
    Media and the Police
    3 Hour(s)
    Citizen Complaint Avoidance
    2 Hour(s)
    Professional Performance Enhancement Program (PPEP)
    2 Hour(s)
    Racial Profiling
    8 Hour(s)
    Encountering the Hearing Impaired
    1 Hour(s)
    Field Training Officer Program
    4 Hour(s)
    Introduction to Community Policing
    8 Hour(s)
    Cultural Awareness (Sensitivity Training)
    4 Hour(s)
    Survival Spanish
    24 Hour(s)
    74 Hour(s)
  • 12: Physical Training

    Learn to increase your physical fitness and relieve stress with physical training.

    Physical Training / Lecture
    24 Hour(s)
    24 Hour(s)
  • 13: Domestic and Family Matters

    Grasp a basic understanding of domestic violence, handling juveniles, death notifications, law enforcement and the elderly and victim assistance and notification.

    Domestic Violence
    24 Hour(s)
    Handling Juveniles
    2 Hour(s)
    Death Notification
    1 Hour(s)
    Law Enforcement and the Elderly
    4 Hour(s)
    Victim Assistance and Notification
    4 Hour(s)
    35 Hour(s)
  • 14: Use of Force

    Learn the appropriate force to be used in a given situation.

    Integrated Use of Force/Response to Resistive Behavior
    16 Hour(s)
    16 Hour(s)
  • NOPD Academy Non Credit Classes (115 Hours)

    Courses include: Limited English Proficiency, Louisiana Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems, Electronic Report Writing, Guest Speakers, Conflict Resolution, Testing, and Counseling.

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Career Path



Special Assignment


Bilingual Interpreter

(Spanish and Vietnamese only)

College Degree

Years of Service with NOPD

1–4 +2.5% 5–9 +5% 10–14 +7.5% 15–19 +10% 20+ +12.5%

Full Merit Pay?

Requires positive annual performance appraisal.

Salary Estimate

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* Salary is only an estimate. Actual wages may vary. ** Millage pay is subject to change based upon tax revenue and NOPD manpower levels. *** Salaries for all ranks one year or higher and higher, minimum salary includes $6,000/year supplemental pay from the Louisiana Office of Supplemental Pay. Salary does not include uniform allowance ($500/year).

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

Employment Benefits

Employment benefits include but are not limited to:

  • 22 weeks state-certified law enforcement training
  • Group health, dental and vision insurance
  • Free life insurance
  • 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)

Lateral Transfers

If You're a Police Officer, You're a Person of Interest

The NOPD is always looking to recruit talented officers from other precincts who are ready to make a change and get behind the badge in New Orleans. Whether you’re looking for a higher salary, a new detail, or just a change of pace, the NOPD will deliver.

Our requirements are below—if you meet them, and you’re up to the challenge, we want to hear from you.

Lateral Transfer Applicant Requirements

  • 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

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.

Fast Employment Opportunities

Fast Employment Opportunities

NOPD has instituted a new program to extend employment offers to certain applicants within weeks of submitting an application and before they complete the entire Police Recruit selection progress. Applicants who qualify for the Police Aide Program earn $2,222/month while working for NOPD in an administrative or laborer capacity while they complete the Police Recruit selection process.

Only applicants who have successfully completed the multiple choice and written exams, the agility test, and the panel interview are eligible for this program. Please note that entry to this program is limited and therefore slots are awarded on a competitive basis. If you are interested in this program please mention your interest to your assigned background investigator.



Here is a list of some of additional benefits offered to NOPD recruits and police officers:

Young Leadership Council (YLC)

Free one-year membership in YLC, a civic organization that offers young professionals an opportunity to network socially and participate in a variety of unique civic engagement activities.

College Tuition Assistance Program

The New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation Tuition Assistance Program reimburses NOPD employees $50 per undergraduate credit hour and $100 per graduate college credit hour with a maximum of 6 hours per the three traditional semesters.

Email Signup

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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. Be licensed to drive and have a good driving record and driving experience
  4. In good physical and psychological condition to perform the essential functions of the job of Police Officer


  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 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.

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?

The New Orleans Police Department does not have a residency requirement. 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 New Orleans Police Department schedules five recruit classes annually.


For general information about recruitment, please contact NOPD’s Recruitment and Applicant Investigation Section at 504-658-5575.

You can also contact a NOPD recruiter directly if you have specific questions about employment with NOPD or the hiring process.

New Orleans Police Department

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.