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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 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 hiring process:

  • Domicile requirements are now waived for Police Recruits and Officers.
  • Earn $49,517 per year ($51,517 per year with a Bachelor's degree) after one year of qualified service (pay increases scheduled for July 2015 and January 2016). 
  • College education/military requirements have been removed.  If you applied previously and were rejected, you must reapply. 

To apply, you must:

  • be at least 20 years old.
  • be licensed to drive with a good driving record and driving experience.
  • be in good physical and psychological condition to perform the essential functions of the job of Police Officer.
  • possess a state approved G.E.D./high school diploma.

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

Submit your application online today

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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 driver's license and high school diploma/G.E.D.
  2. Multiple choice exam and writing exercise
  3. Physical Agility Test including push ups, sit-ups, and running
  4. Panel Interview
  5. Background Investigation including a CVSA test (a type of lie detector test)
  6. Substance Abuse Screening
  7. Medical exam
  8. Psychological/Psychiatric Evaluation



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 submit copies of the required documents to be scheduled for testing. 

  • October 2, 2015
  • October 12, 2015
  • October 26, 2015
  • November 9, 2015
  • December 14, 2015

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: 9/30/2015 10:48:16 AM

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