Application Process

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  • Step 1: Apply Online

    Starting the application process is easy—just apply online today or print the Civil Service application and Personal History forms (DOWNLOAD them here). Keep reading to learn about what comes next.

  • 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.

REWARD: MAKING A DIFFERENCE


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.

    01-001
    History of Law Enforcement
    2 Hour(s)  
    01-002
    Orientation to Criminal Justice System
    2 Hour(s)  
    01-003
    Orientation to LA Criminal Justice System
    2 Hour(s)  
    01-004
    History of New Orleans Police Department
    2 Hour(s)*
    Total:
    8 Hour(s)  
    *Denotes elective courses
  • 02: First Aid

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

    02-001
    First Aid: Adult/Child CPR First Responder
    16 Hour(s)
    Total:
    16 Hour(s)
  • 03: Report Writing

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

    03-001
    Introduction to Report Writing/Chapter 82.1
    24 Hour(s)  
    03-002
    Major Occurrence Sign-in Sheet
    1 Hour(s)*
    03-003
    Signal Codes
    1 Hour(s)*
    03-004
    Trip Sheets
    1 Hour(s)*
    03-005
    Affidavits and Summons
    2 Hour(s)*
    03-006
    Found Property Report Writing
    2 Hour(s)*
    03-007
    Theft/Burglary Report Writing
    2 Hour(s)*
    03-008
    Simple Battery Report Writing
    2 Hour(s)*
    03-009
    Narcotic Violation Report Writing
    2 Hour(s)*
    03-010
    Arrest and Search Warrant Forms
    2 Hour(s)*
    03-011
    Rights of an Arrestee Form
    1 Hour(s)*
    Total:
    40 Hour(s)  
    *Denotes elective courses
  • 05: Firearms

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

    05-001
    Fundamentals of Shooting
    4 Hour(s)  
    05-002
    Firearms Proficiency Practice
    48 Hour(s)  
    05-003
    Orientation to Shotguns
    4 Hour(s)  
    05-004
    Legal and Moral Responsibilities
    2 Hour(s)  
    05-005
    Introduction to GLOCK
    12 Hour(s)*
    05-006
    Stress/Night Fire
    8 Hour(s)*
    05-007
    History of Firearms
    2 Hour(s)*
    Total:
    80 Hour(s)  
    *Denotes elective courses
  • 06: Investigations

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

    06-001
    Interviews and Interrogations
    5 Hour(s)  
    06-002
    Preliminary Investigations
    3 Hour(s)  
    06-003
    Evidence Collection
    6 Hour(s)  
    06-004
    Fingerprinting
    2 Hour(s)  
    06-005
    Homicide Investigations
    3 Hour(s)  
    06-006
    Theft/Burglary Investigation
    2 Hour(s)  
    06-007
    Robbery Investigations
    4 Hour(s)  
    06-008
    Sex Crimes Investigation
    4 Hour(s)  
    06-009
    Identity Theft
    3 Hour(s)  
    06-010
    Drugs and Drug Laws
    4 Hour(s)  
    06-011
    Major Crime Scene Investigations
    2 Hour(s)*
    06-012
    Crimes Against Persons Investigations
    2 Hour(s)*
    06-013
    Hate Crimes Investigations
    1 Hour(s)*
    06-014
    Processing Latent Prints
    16 Hour(s)*
    Total:
    57 Hour(s)  
    *Denotes elective courses
  • 07: Traffic Services

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

    07-001
    Crash Investigations
    8 Hour(s)  
    07-002
    Hit and Run Investigations
    2 Hour(s)  
    07-003
    The Crash Report
    8 Hour(s)  
    07-004
    Motor Vehicle Laws-Municipal / State
    4 Hour(s)  
    07-005
    Grade Crossing Collision Investigation
    2 Hour(s)  
    07-006
    Traffic Incident Management
    4 Hour(s)  
    07-007
    Directing Traffic
    2 Hour(s)  
    07-008
    Traffic Scenario Exercise
    4 Hour(s)*
    07-009
    Hit and Run Scenario Exercise
    2 Hour(s)*
    07-010
    Towing Allocation
    1 Hour(s)*
    Total:
    37 Hour(s)  
    *Denotes elective courses
  • 08: Patrol Activities

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

    08-001
    Observation and Perception
    2 Hour(s)  
    08-002
    Methods of Patrol
    2 Hour(s)  
    08-003
    Crimes in Progress
    4 Hour(s)  
    08-004
    Police Driving (taught in NAPD lecture)
    8 Hour(s)  
    08-005
    Vehicle Stop Tactics
    8 Hour(s)  
    08-006
    Violent Crimes
    2 Hour(s)  
    08-007
    Unusual Occurrences
    1 Hour(s)  
    08-008
    Hazardous Materials
    2 Hour(s)  
    08-009
    Issuing Citations
    2 Hour(s)  
    08-010
    Radio Communication Procedures
    4 Hour(s)*
    08-011
    Tactical Pursuit Driving and Accident Avoidance
    40 Hour(s)*
    08-012
    Active Shooter Response
    24 Hour(s)*
    08-013
    Building Searches
    8 Hour(s)*
    Total:
    107 Hour(s)  
    *Denotes elective courses
  • 09: Specialized Activities

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

    09-001
    Auto Theft
    8 Hour(s)  
    09-002
    Courtroom Testimony
    8 Hour(s)  
    09-003
    OWI (DWI) Enforcement
    4 Hour(s)  
    09-004
    Tactical Problems
    2 Hour(s)  
    09-005
    Hostage Negotiations/Crisis Management
    2 Hour(s)  
    09-006
    Handling the Mentally Disturbed
    16 Hour(s)  
    09-007
    Police Survival: Mental and Legal Aspects
    2 Hour(s)  
    09-008
    Crowd Control
    1 Hour(s)*
    09-009
    Introduction to Terrorism
    1 Hour(s)*
    09-010
    Disaster Management and Planning
    1 Hour(s)*
    09-011
    SWAT Tactics
    1 Hour(s)*
    Total:
    46 Hour(s)  
    *Denotes elective courses
  • 10: Officer Survival

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

    10-001
    Baton Handling: PR-24 and Expandable
    24 Hour(s)  
    10-002
    Defensive Tactics / Weapon Retention
    12 Hour(s)  
    10-003
    Arrest (Search and Handcuff) Techniques
    16 Hour(s)  
    10-004
    Preparing for Deadly Encounters
    2 Hour(s)  
    10-005
    Orientation to Chemical Agents
    1 Hour(s)  
    10-006
    Street/ Officer Survival
    32 Hour(s)*
    10-007
    Simulation Training
    32 Hour(s)*
    10-008
    Police K9 Operations
    1 Hour(s)  
    10-009
    Bomb Threats/Hazardous Devices
    1 Hour(s)  
    10-010
    Strategic Self-Defense and Grappling Tactics (SSGT)
    40 Hour(s)*
    10-011
    TASER (X-26) Certification
    8 Hour(s)*
    10-012
    Tactical Communication
    4 Hour(s)*
    10-013
    U.S. Attorney’s Office (Use of Force)
    4 Hour(s)*
    10-014
    Independent Police Monitor
    2 Hour(s)*
    10-015
    Handling Stress
    2 Hour(s)*
    Total:
    177 Hour(s)  
    *Denotes elective courses
  • 11: Becoming a Professional Peace Officer

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

    11-001
    Standards of Conduct / Police Ethics
    2 Hour(s)  
    11-002
    The Police Role in the Community
    2 Hour(s)  
    11-003
    Diversity in the Community / CRASH (movie)
    6 Hour(s)  
    11-004
    Building Respect for the Peace Officer
    2 Hour(s)  
    11-005
    Crime Prevention
    4 Hour(s)  
    11-006
    Police and the Public
    2 Hour(s)  
    11-007
    Media and the Police
    3 Hour(s)*
    11-008
    Citizen Complaint Avoidance
    2 Hour(s)*
    11-009
    Professional Performance Enhancement Program (PPEP)
    2 Hour(s)*
    11-010
    Racial Profiling
    8 Hour(s)*
    11-011
    Encountering the Hearing Impaired
    1 Hour(s)*
    11-012
    Field Training Officer Program
    4 Hour(s)*
    11-013
    Introduction to Community Policing
    8 Hour(s)*
    11-014
    Cultural Awareness (Sensitivity Training)
    4 Hour(s)*
    11-015
    Survival Spanish
    24 Hour(s)*
    Total:
    74 Hour(s)  
    *Denotes elective courses
  • 12: Physical Training

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

    12-001
    Physical Training / Lecture
    24 Hour(s)
    Total:
    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.

    13-001
    Domestic Violence
    24 Hour(s)
    13-002
    Handling Juveniles
    2 Hour(s)
    13-003
    Death Notification
    1 Hour(s)
    13-004
    Law Enforcement and the Elderly
    4 Hour(s)
    13-005
    Victim Assistance and Notification
    4 Hour(s)
    Total:
    35 Hour(s)
  • 14: Use of Force

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

    14-001
    Integrated Use of Force/Response to Resistive Behavior
    16 Hour(s)
    Total:
    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.

   Download Curriculum

Career Path

Salary

Current Base Salary*

Proposed 2016 Base Salary*

Maximum Salary*

Recruit
38,434
40,391
56,488
Officer I
40,391
42,449
57,909
Officer II
42,449
44,612
62,391
Officer III
44,612
46,885
65,569
Officer IV
46,885
49,274
68,909
Sgt.
51,783
54,421
76,109
Lt.
55,791
58,633
81,999
Captain
65,569
68,909
97,624
Major
71,526
75,170
105,126
Commander
76,109**
79,987**
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Deputy Chief
123,247
123,247
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*Excluding millage and state supplemental pay

**Police Lieutenants, Captains, and Majors are eligible for additional pay when assigned the duties of Police Commander.

Recruit

Current Base Salary*: 38,434
Proposed 2016 Base Salary*: 40,391
Maximum Salary*: 56,488

Officer I

Current Base Salary*: 40,391
Proposed 2016 Base Salary*: 42,449
Maximum Salary*: 57,909

Officer II

Current Base Salary*: 42,449
Proposed 2016 Base Salary*: 44,612
Maximum Salary*: 62,391

Officer III

Current Base Salary*: 44,612
Proposed 2016 Base Salary*: 46,885
Maximum Salary*: 65,569

Officer IV

Current Base Salary*: 46,885
Proposed 2016 Base Salary*: 49,274
Maximum Salary*: 68,909

Sgt.

Current Base Salary*: 51,783
Proposed 2016 Base Salary*: 54,421
Maximum Salary*: 76,109

Lt.

Current Base Salary*: 55,791
Proposed 2016 Base Salary*: 58,633
Maximum Salary*: 81,999

Captain

Current Base Salary*: 65,569
Proposed 2016 Base Salary*: 68,909
Maximum Salary*: 97,624

Major

Current Base Salary*: 71,526
Proposed 2016 Base Salary*: 75,170
Maximum Salary*: 105,126

Commander

Current Base Salary*: 76,109**
Proposed 2016 Base Salary*: 79,987**
Maximum Salary*: ------

Deputy Chief

Current Base Salary*: 123,247
Proposed 2016 Base Salary*: 123,247
Maximum Salary*: ------

*Excluding millage and state supplemental pay

**Police Lieutenants, Captains, and Majors are eligible for additional pay when assigned the duties of Police Commander.

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.

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.

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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. 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

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 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

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 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.

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?

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.

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.