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Employment Benefits


The salary for Recruit candidates starts at $42,449 and rises to $59,014 per year ($61,014 per year with a qualified Bachelor’s degree) after one year of service with additional incentive payments for bilingual officers, college degrees, merit pay, etc. The full pay calculator for NOPD Officers is available here.

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Employment benefits include but are not limited to:

  • 27 weeks state-certified law enforcement training
  • Group health, dental and vision insurance
  • Free life insurance
  • Excellent retirement plan
  • Shift differential pay
  • 13 paid vacation and 13 sick leave days per year
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • 15 days of military reserve paid leave
  • Yearly uniform allowance
  • Deferred compensation plans available
  • Officers are also eligible for home purchase programs.


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)


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.


The New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation Tuition Assistance Program reimburses NOPD employees $50 per undergraduate credit hour with a C or better and $100 per graduate college credit hour with a B or better for eligible out-of-pocket expenses such as tuition, course books and mandatory education related fees up to a maximum of 6 hours per the three traditional semesters.

Federal Student Loan Forgiveness

The NOPD is a qualifying employer under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Specialized Units

NOPD contains many highly-specialized units and Officers are encouraged to pursue a career path in the area that best utilizes their talents.

  • 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