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.
The first half of your Civil Service test is multiple choice. Once you pass the initial test, a second written test is administered.
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.
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.
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.
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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?
Learn an overview of the criminal justice system, including the structure and inter-relationships of the agencies associated with the criminal justice system.
Learn initial life–sustaining treatment for victims of medical emergencies.
Understand the importance and mechanics of report writing; focusing on organization, grammar and spelling for well-written reports.
Learn criminal law and procedures dealing with the protection of citizens’ rights, legal requirements of case development and legal liabilities.
Learn the history and fundamentals of using firearms—including practical shooting, orientation to shotguns and night firing.
Learn interviewing, investigation and evidence collection responsibilities of a police officer.
Get the basics of motor vehicle laws, citations and accident reports.
Gain an understanding of patrol basics—from observation to stopping crimes in progress.
Master the finer points of police work like courtroom testimony, auto theft and handling the mentally disturbed.
Learn various methods of protecting both yourself and your fellow officers with baton handling, arrest techniques and other defensive tactics.
Grasp the responsibilities and roles of a police officer within his or her community.
Learn to increase your physical fitness and relieve stress with physical training.
Grasp a basic understanding of domestic violence, handling juveniles, death notifications, law enforcement and the elderly and victim assistance and notification.
Learn the appropriate force to be used in a given situation.
Courses include: Limited English Proficiency, Louisiana Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems, Electronic Report Writing, Guest Speakers, Conflict Resolution, Testing, and Counseling.
*Excluding millage and state supplemental pay
**Police Lieutenants, Captains, and Majors are eligible for additional pay when assigned the duties of Police Commander.
Employment benefits include but are not limited to:
Awarded to highly-qualified officers within certain NOPD units
Annual bonus paid to higher education degree holders:
Annual Property Tax Disbursement (millage dedicated for police and firefighters)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can also contact staff within background investigations at the email addresses below:
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.