Police Officer

New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Police Department
Salary: $49,517.00-$51,517.00

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

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).


  • 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.