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Old 01-20-2010, 12:36 AM
 
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My 2 buddies and myself went to Lafayette, LA last summer to apply around for police jobs. We decided to hit up NO (it was advised that we not due to how dangerous it is according to who you talk to), we couldn't find the civil service building to kick-start the process (I guess they can put you through all the testing within a week if your from out of town, we're from upper Michigan) and before we could find it, it was after 5pm.

We plan on going back down in March during spring break to try looking for it again. Any advice? I'm a secuirty supervisor at our casino with a clean criminal record and an auxiliary police officer, I have bad credit though (lapsed hospital bills because I have no health insurance) and no college degree. My other two buddies are correctional officers with clean criminal records. Are our chances pretty good?

The website also says you must live within a 50 mile radious of N.O. by the time they offer you a job, any suggestions to where to start looking?

Thanks!
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Old 01-21-2010, 11:26 AM
 
Location: City of Central
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Why would you want to go to a different city and become a Police Officer ? Especially somewhere that is SO different from where you live now ? You have absolutely no knowledge of the city streets , the people , the culture , the politics , etc. I have previous law enforcement experience and I'm telling you , you will have a tough road ahead of you .
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Old 01-22-2010, 08:43 AM
 
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Experience perhaps. I don't care if I have a tough road, I prefer it. In Michigan, in order to get MCOLES certified, you have to have a college degree to get into a police academy to be certified. I've been working graveyard shifts as a supervisor the past 5 years, tried going back to school during that time period but getting off at work at 730am and going to the college 8am-4pm was killing me so I had to drop. We have friends that live in Louisiana that we visit, we love the area down there. We get our foot in the door down there as police officers we can always find other departments if we ever decide to move back to Michigan (if we hate it down there that is), we took the Louisiana Civil Service for police recruit exam back in August and did pretty well on the scores (not saying thats impressive, it was all common sense) we just don't wanna give up on the whole thing.
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Old 01-22-2010, 02:55 PM
 
Location: City of Central
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Two things are going to work against you , hell , maybe three . No college degree . Many recruits will have one . No prior LEO experience . Many recruits that apply to larger departments are experienced , and the fact that you are from out of state , could POSSIBLY influence an examing board . Although I wouldn't expect them to say so . If that's what you want to do , go for it . Just go into it with your eyes open , and be realistic .
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:47 PM
 
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At least Warren Reily will be gone soon.
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, Ga.
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New mayor too!!
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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Originally Posted by Mike_D202 View Post
My 2 buddies and myself went to Lafayette, LA last summer to apply around for police jobs. We decided to hit up NO (it was advised that we not due to how dangerous it is according to who you talk to), we couldn't find the civil service building to kick-start the process (I guess they can put you through all the testing within a week if your from out of town, we're from upper Michigan) and before we could find it, it was after 5pm.

Lafayette's process can be tricky. That's a can of worms I won't open unless I need to.

We plan on going back down in March during spring break to try looking for it again. Any advice? I'm a secuirty supervisor at our casino with a clean criminal record and an auxiliary police officer, I have bad credit though (lapsed hospital bills because I have no health insurance) and no college degree. My other two buddies are correctional officers with clean criminal records. Are our chances pretty good?

Advice: contact a recruiter before you come, he/she can help steer you. In my experience, lack of a degree shouldn't be a big problem when trying to get hired in South Louisiana (but it helps).

The website also says you must live within a 50 mile radious of N.O. by the time they offer you a job, any suggestions to where to start looking?

You should expect the "within XX miles radius" rule at most LE Agencies. I doubt you'd have trouble finding a place to live within that radius. Landlords usually like to rent to LEOs, especially if you get a take-home unit.

Thanks!
I've been through the entire NOPD hiring process. You say you've already taken the civil service exam? How about the entry PO exam they give? It consists of two parts; the first part is similar to the civil service exam and the other is geared toward decision making and "police observation" skills. Have you taken that test yet? If so, you should have already been in contact with a Recruiter. He/She will be able to answer each of these questions for you.

I went through the process in early 2005. I completed/passed the entire thing and then declined the offer when they called with my start date (not because of anything wrong with NOPD). However, my case would not be comparable to yours. I was already an experienced LA POST certified Police Officer (Detective). So mine was more of a lateral and was 'personalized'.

A buddy of mine started the process just after I did and he accepted the offer when his time came. He is still there, and as far as I can tell, he seems to be happy with his decision.

Good luck, let me know if you have any other specific questions. I'll try to help with them if I can.
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Old 03-13-2010, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, Ga.
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I guess this question is directed more towards "Orestes" post: You stated that recruitment / selection is more personalized if already certified, and experienced. Is that true for out of state police officers? I've been on web-site, but it really isn't all that informative on specific information.
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Old 03-16-2010, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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I apologize for the delay in my response. I just returned from out-of-town. To answer your question in short: It depends entirely on your qualifications...
I personally have no direct experience with NOPDs policy toward out-of-state laterals. The first thing I would consult is LA POST requirements (see below).

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Out-of-State Transfers: Out-of-state transfers may be eligible for certification by meeting the following requirements at an accredited academy:
a. Present a valid out-of-state POST certificate of training.
b. Successfully complete the Louisiana Law Enforcement Basic Training Manual, "Legal Aspects" Section, and Firearms section, and qualify on the POST firearms qualification course.
c. Qualify on the POST firearms qualification course, as attested to by a certified firearms instructor.
d. Pass the statewide examination for peace officers with a minimum score of 70%.
If there has been an interruption of service in excess of five years, the officer is required to attend the full basic academy.
Interruption of Service:
a. Any peace officer hired prior to January 1, 1986, who interrupts his law enforcement service for a period in excess of five (5) years and had at least five years full time experience, can reinstate their grandfathership by successfully completing the "legal aspects" and "firearms" sections of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Basic Training Manual, and completing the necessary requirements for POST registration.
b. Any peace officer hired prior to January 1, 1986, who interrupts his full-time law enforcement service for a period in excess of five years shall be required to complete a full basic training course at an accredited academy.
c. Any officer hired after January 1, 1986, who interrupts his law enforcement service for a period in excess of five years shall be required to complete the "Legal Aspects" and "firearms" portions of the basic training course, qualify on the POST Firearms Qualification Course, and pass the statewide examination, at an accredited academy. If the student fails the statewide examination, the student must complete a full Basic Training Course.
d. Any officer hired after January 1, 1986, who interrupts his full-time law enforcement service for a period of less than five years shall be required to attend the Pre-Academy Firearms Training Course and successfully qualify with their firearm. If the officer fails to qualify with their firearm, the student must attend the full 40-hour firearms basic training and re-qualify.
Next, I would make direct contact with the recruiting division at NOPD. If you're already an experienced LEO, then you already understand the importance of making direct person-to-person contact. Just a quick google of "NOPD" and "lateral" turned up the following...

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If you're Louisiana P.O.S.T. (Police Officer Standard of Training) certified or out-of-state certified, you're pre-qualified to become a member of the NOPD through a lateral transfer.
The test for lateral transfers to the NOPD consists of both written and multiple choice questions. Additionally, out-of-state applicants must complete a B-Pad test that measures the officer's law enforcement knowledge. Depending on your law enforcement knowledge and training, you may be placed in an abbreviated, four-to-six week academy class.
Out-of-State lateral transfer requirements
To be officially considered for a lateral transfer, police officers from another state must:
  • Have completed at least 320 hours of training.
  • Be in a full-time, active patrol position for at least one year.
  • Have a current/valid P.O.S.T. training certificate or the equivalent.
I hope this helps. Let me know if there is anything else I can try to answer. Good Luck!
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, Ga.
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Thanks "Orestes" I appreciate it. I went on the website about a month ago, but it didnt have all that info on it. Must of done an update. Thanks again. If your ever in Atlanta and need anyhting, dont hesitate to contact me. If so, contact me via private and I will forward contact numbers. Thanks again, and be safe out there!!
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