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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Become a New Orleans Police Officer

Make a difference. Start a rewarding career. Join the City of New Orleans Police Department.

Competitive law enforcement salary and excellent benefits include:

  • Outstanding retirement plan with benefits earned in as little as five years
  • Affordable and quality health, vision, and dental insurance for you and your family
  • Many types of additional, incentive and shift pay
  • 10 paid holidays, 13 days of paid vacation, 13 days of paid sick leave, and 15 days of paid military reserve leave each year
  • Home buying programs (

Recent changes to the Police Recruit process:

  • A birth certificate is no longer required at the time of application (it will be required during the Background Investigation).
  • Domicile requirements are now waived for Police Recruits and Officers.
  • Restrictions on previous drug use have been changed (see the disqualifiers link below).
  • Additional ways to qualify have been added (see the requirements below).
  • A 5% pay increase for Police Recruits, Officers and other ranks beginning on January 1, 2015. 

To apply, you must be:

  • at least 20 years old.
  • licensed to drive with a good driving record and driving experience.
  • in good physical and psychological condition to perform the essential functions of the job of Police Officer.

Additionally, applicants must possess one of the sets of qualifications below:

  • A state approved G.E.D./high school diploma and two (2) years of active military service.
  • A state approved G.E.D./high school diploma and any combination of four (4) years of active duty and/or military reserve service (National Guard or Reserves).
  • At least 60 college credits from an accredited college or university.  Credits must be on one transcript.
  • An Associate’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university.
  • A state approved G.E.D./high school diploma and at least two (2) years of patrol and/or investigative law enforcement experience. This experience must have been gained after completion of a police academy and field training.

Applicants must not have any disqualifiers, for example felonies, certain misdemeanors, or recent illegal drug use.    

Submit your application online today

Get more information at

The Process

The hiring process consists of the steps below.  You must successfully complete each step to move on to the next.  You must complete all of the steps to be hired. 

  1. Submit your application and documents verifying age, education and, in some cases, military requirements
  2. Multiple choice exam and writing exercise
  3. Physical Agility Test including push ups, sit-ups, and running
  4. Background Investigation including a CVSA test (a type of lie detector test)
  5. Substance Abuse Screening
  6. Medical exam
  7. NOPD Panel Interview
  8. Psychological/Psychiatric Evaluation

Information Booklet and Study Guide

Police Recruit Job Announcement

Police Officer I (Lateral) Job Announcement

Police Recruit multiple choice exams will be held on the dates listed below. Additional test dates will be added as needed. Candidates must apply with Civil Service and be scheduled for testing. 

  • January 5, 2015 (One day testing event)
  • January 26, 2015
  • February 11, 2015
  • February 23, 2015 (One day testing event)
  • March 9, 2015 (One day testing event)
  • March 30, 2015
  • April 13, 2015 (One day testing event)
  • April 27, 2015
  • May 11, 2015 (One day testing event)

Submit your application online today

Applications can also be submitted:

  • In person, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1340 Poydras Street, Suite 900, New Orleans, LA 70112.
  • By mail to 1340 Poydras Street, Suite 900, New Orleans, LA 70112.

To apply by mail, print and return the documents below.         

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Last updated: 12/22/2014 8:16:37 AM

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