NEW ORLEANS, LA — Mayor Landrieu and NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas welcomed over 150 potential recruits to the Special Recruitment Event for the New Orleans Police Department on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at KIPP Central City Academy. The multi-hour event allowed participants to start the application process onsite, hear the stories of current officers and interface with NOPD leadership from 10 specialized units.
Half of those attending met the basic requirements for starting the application process and left the event with a scheduled date to take the required Civil Service Exam. Over twenty percent of participants showed interest in employment opportunities across the city by signing up to participate in ongoing JOB1 Career and Business Solution offerings.
“This recruitment event allowed us to target local and qualified candidates to apply for the 150 positions that will now be available through the City’s 2014 Budget commitment,” said Mayor Landrieu. “We are committed to ensuring that our current officers, along with the five new NOPD recruit classes in 2014 are well trained and equipped to best serve the citizens of New Orleans.”
NOPD offers excellent benefits including a competitive salary, 22-week state-certified law enforcement training; health, dental and vision insurance; and an excellent retirement plan and free life insurance. The NOPD also offers fast track programs for former military servicemen and women that allow veterans to earn an income while training. Nearly half of those attending the recruitment event have or are currently serving in the armed forces.
"The NOPD recruiting event was well attended and we have many excellent candidates to consider. I am confident we will meet our goal of hiring 150 new police recruits this year," said Superintendent Serpas.
"The Department offers great pay, advancement opportunities and the chance to make a positive difference in your community," said Melanie Talia, Executive Director of the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation.
In collaboration with the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, the New Orleans Police Department launched “Get Behind the Badge” in 2013 to spur new interest in becoming a member of the police force. Candidates must be at least 20 years of age, have obtained a high school diploma or a state approved G.E.D.; and have at least 60 hours of college credits, or the equivalent of two years of full service in the military.
Job seekers can apply online for the police department and learn about the entire recruitment process and benefits at www.joinnopd.org.
The Special Recruitment Event was held at KIPP Central City following the 6th NOLA FOR LIFE Day in A.L. Davis Park. The event was sponsored by the Mayor’s Office, the NOPD Recruitment Office and the City’s Office of Workforce Development. Participants were also greeted by City Council Vice President Stacy Head, District A Councilwoman Susan Guidry and District B Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell.