NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas met with new recruits from Class #169 of the New Orleans Police Department’s Training Academy. The new recruit class started on Monday with a total of 30 individuals—26 new recruits, three officers who transferred from out-of-state police departments and one former NOPD officer.
View a group photo of the recruit class, Mayor Landrieu and Chief Serpas
“These recruits represent some of the best that our city, state and country have to offer,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We can’t ever forget what police officers risk every day, and what they sacrifice. I am grateful for their hard work, and I look forward to seeing these recruits become officers at graduation.”
Class #169 is the second recruit class hired since Superintendent Serpas was appointed by Mayor Landrieu that had to meet higher standards to be accepted as NOPD recruits. Applicants had to have at least 60 hours of college credits, or the equivalent of two years of full service in the military. Forty percent of Class #169 has a military background, and seventy percent has a degree, including 17 Bachelor’s degrees, 3 associate degrees and one master’s degree.
“This recruit class is another step toward a better future for the City and its police department," said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas. "I want to thank Mayor Landrieu and the City Council for committing to funding not one, but possibly two classes of recruits this year. All recruits who graduate from today's NOPD Academy are being trained to work in the most professional manner possible, and to work with the people of New Orleans. Together, we are winning the fight against crime."
The recruits will undergo training eight hours a day, Monday through Friday, for a total of 25 weeks or 911 hours of training. Under the previous program, recruits only needed 596 hours. In addition to the extra hours, new classes were added to the curriculum after the NOPD requested and received an assessment of its recruit training program from the Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services in May 2011. The new classes include “Introduction to Community Policing”, “Professional Performance Enhancement”, “Unbiased, Professional Policing”, “Active Shooter Response” and “Building Searches.” Some already existing courses were extended in hours, such as “Handling Domestic Violence Cases”, “Cultural Awareness” (including LGBT Training), “Legal Use of Force” and “Handling Cases where Mentally-disturbed Individuals are involved.”
Over the next few months, the recruits will learn a variety of skills including, how to take reports from victims, defensive driving and target practice at the shooting range. Recruits will be tased, so they will know what type of force they are exerting should they encounter situations that require they use such force. They will also spend a significant amount of hours in the classroom being versed in legal practices, so that they can effectively work on crime scenes and help to build strong cases for eventual prosecution.
A NOPD recruit’s salary is $34,797.