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New Orleans PD Nixes College Requirement for Recruits

February 10, 2015  | 

High school graduates are once again welcome at the New Orleans Police Department. The Civil Service Commission voted unanimously Monday to eliminate a rule requiring most applicants to have 60 hours college credit in order to qualify for a job on the force, reports

The change, sought by Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration, was supported by police unions, the Police and Justice Foundation, a nonprofit, and the New Orleans Business Council, who said officers are stretched too thin.

Landrieu said that he supports eliminating the education requirement despite his former police chief pushing for its implementation. The new plan allows more recruits in the front door, but gives incentives to seek higher education once they are in.

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wolf10988 @ 2/11/2015 5:34 AM

You could probably attract enough candidates if you had a higher salary. Why go to college, get a degree, to get an annual salary of $36K. You'd do better if you went to college to become an electrician or plumber.

Lonegunmann @ 2/12/2015 6:27 AM

I have always said that they want college training however what two year degree seeking person would take a job making less than 36k (Florida).
As for the trades they do not pay well in states which contractors pack illegals as helpers on the license of one true electrician/plumber !!!

David Kmetovik @ 2/12/2015 5:31 PM

They should recruit among the airline pilot community. The typical salary for a beginning pilot at regional air carriers is under $30k and the hours, conditions, and (lack of) benefits stink. The typical "fed up with flying" candidate has a college degree and has proven he can work hard and show a calmness under severe pressure and even danger. Vastly higher-end candidate than your typical applicant in a low-wage area. (In Los Angeles the pay is very high; standards have been relaxed not so much to get recruits but to get more minority/affirmative action/marginal recruits.

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/20/2015 4:52 AM

I suspect since NOPD is the worst paid police department in the country that has more to do with the low applications. There are some very dedicated people there but if not for the special duty and the part time security jobs in the local bars they would not make a decent living. I was on vacation and walking on Bourbon Street and heard a police car siren coming and as it past the little reflectors were all twirling and not one light was working. Kind of a parallel to the department.

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