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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
*For all classifications Officer I and higher, minimum salary includes an estimated payment of $2,500/year from the Orleans Parish police millage fund. The millage payment is subject to change based upon tax revenue and NOPD manpower levels. Annual millage payments over the last five years have ranged from $1,344 (2011) to $2,962 (2014).
For all classifications "Officer I – More than one year of service" and higher, minimum salary includes $6,000/year supplemental pay from the Louisiana Office of Supplemental Pay. Minimum salary does not include uniform allowance ($500/year), education pay ($1,000 - $3,000/year) or longevity pay (2.5% pay increase after first year and every five years thereafter).
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)
The New Orleans Police Department is actively hiring military veterans. You have already served our country as a member of our armed forces. We invite you to continue your career in public service by joining NOPD and helping to protect a great American city.
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 with past military service will be given top consideration for a Police Aide position and can begin serving in an administrative capacity almost immediately while police recruit application process.
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.
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.
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 assignedbackground investigator.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.