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Application Process

Step 1: Apply

Apply online (preferred) or apply in person Monday – Friday between 8am and 5pm at the New Orleans Civil Service Department – 1340 Poydras St, Suite 900, New Orleans, LA 70113. You can also download your application and mail it to Civil Service at the above address.

Step 2: Test

All applicants are required to bring a valid driver’s license to the test. Prepare for the test in advance by taking the online practice test or download the Civil service Exam Study Guide.

Step 3: Show Your Strength

Complete the panel interview and physical agility test, which includes a 1.5-mile run to be completed in a maximum of 19 minutes 50 seconds, a 300 meter sprint within 2 minutes, 14 sit-ups in a minute, and 10 push-ups with no time limit.

Step 4: Show Your Character

NOPD will conduct a background check including but not limited to: fingerprinting, drug testing and computerized voice stress analysis.

Step 5: Cleared for Hire

You will be given a conditional offer of employment and scheduled for medical and psychological screening. Once cleared for hire you will be offered a position within the department until the next Academy class is scheduled.

Step 6: 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.

Out of Town Applicants

All applicants who do not live in the greater New Orleans area are required to apply in advance.

Civil Service offers bundled test dates to streamline the application process for out of town applicants. Bundled test dates are three days and include the multiple choice exam, writing exercise, physical agility test and panel interviews. If you successfully complete this process you will need to travel back to New Orleans once more for background and psychological exam before being hired.

Additionally, several lodging options have generously been made available at discounted rates for NOPD applicants in town for their tests: the Jackson BarracksHilton Homewood Suites French Quarter, Hotel Indigo, Cambria, Jung Hotel and Sonesta Extended Stay Suites New Orleans. Test takers who have registered with Civil Service will be emailed a form in advance of the scheduled test date to request discounted lodging as available.

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Outside USA

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.

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. Sufficient documentation is required of all applicants. International applicants should consider requesting in advance, law enforcement checks from the country of current or prior residency.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Must be at least 20 years of age
  2. High school graduate or possess a state approved G.E.D. or equivalent
  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

Master 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 any illegal drug other than marijuana within ten years prior to application
  5. Sold, distributed, manufactured, or transported any illegal drug
  6. 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 P.O.S.T. applicants)
  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
  11. The New Orleans Police Department has a strict personal appearance standard. Please review the policy in its entirety.

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.

Applicants are required to bring a valid driver's license to the test.  You will not be tested without this document. Submission of proof of education is not required at the time of walk-in testing. Proof of education will be required by NOPD later in the hiring process.


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.

Residency Requirement

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.