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Drug Rules Eased for NOPD Recruits

June 17, 2014  | 

In an effort to boost New Orleans Police Department recruiting efforts, the Civil Service Commission Monday voted to relax drug and education rules for new applicants, reports

Applicants who have used drugs other than marijuana in the past 10 years will now at least be eligible to go through the application process. Any non-marijuana drug use, regardless of how long ago it happened, had been grounds for immediate disqualification.

Marijuana use within the last two years will remain a disqualifying offense.

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S.S. @ 6/18/2014 6:59 AM


tedb @ 6/18/2014 8:24 AM

The erosion of hiring standards began in about 1970, slowing resulting in dumber and more criminal prone law enforcement officers. At this point in time, law enforcement is truly representative of the majority of the public they serve, which means there is the same percentage of criminals behind the badge as there is in front of it. How can we keep lowering the standards to fit the lowest denominator and still expect professionalism in the police service?

kevCopAz @ 6/18/2014 7:40 PM

We all know how this will turn out! Based upon past problems with NOPD they were not doing very well before this, now you can add drug users to the list!. Soon PD will have to allow rehab for drug offending employees (as do many Fire departments, including PHX) This is ashamed and they will deep the consequences. I may get beat up for this but I smell the need to "meet equal opportunity" quotas for racial equality as a reason for lowering both the Drug and the Education requirements. You in the profession KNOW this is true.

Timberwolf @ 6/20/2014 9:02 PM

What's next, you can have meth and heroin in your system but you just can't get high 2 hours before your shift? While there at it why don't they hire felons as long as they aren't on active parole.

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