Law Enforcement Careers in Louisiana

In Louisiana, police training is conducted at the state, parish, and city levels. Police jobs in Louisiana have many similarities no matter what the jurisdictional region, with the overall goal of service and protection for local citizens.

Jobs with the Louisiana State Police

The LSP includes an internal affairs, protective services, public affairs, and deputy secretary division. It also has a bureau of investigations as well as a patrol unit. Troopers and special officers who make up the LSP investigate everything from insurance fraud to gaming enforcement. Recently more than two dozen Louisiana State Troopers were deployed to help with hurricane cleanup operations elsewhere in the United States. Prospective employees must fulfill a prerequisite that includes either a college education, previous law enforcement or military experience, government employment, or some combination of the four.

Parish Sheriff’s Departments in Louisiana

Law enforcement jobs in sheriff’s departments require deputies to have a minimum education which includes a high school diploma or GED equivalency.

Orleans Parish: Located in the parish that serves New Orleans, the Orleans Sheriff’s Department has come up with a unique way to meet the challenge of maintaining law and order posed each year during the celebration of Mardi Gras: the booking bus. Also known as an intake and processing compound, people arrested for minor violations will be taken aboard the bus, fingerprinted, photographed, and booked on-site. Employees with the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Department must pass a written, polygraph, drug, and physical test in addition to a personal interview.

 

East Baton Rouge Parish: In the year 2010 the EBRP Sheriff’s Department reports there were 682 crimes against persons and 8,375 crimes against property. However these statistics represent an overall decrease from the previous year’s levels by more than eight percent. Uniform Patrol Deputy requirements include either a college education, past work experience as a certified peace officer, previous military service, or a combination of these to equal a certain amount of time and experience.

Caddo Parish: Recently a sheriff’s deputy obtained an arrest warrant for a church treasurer accused of stealing $31,746 from the church’s building fund. In another case a teacher from a local school was arrested by a Caddo Parish sheriff’s detective on charges including prohibited sexual conduct between a student and teacher. Employment requirements for sheriff’s deputies include passing a reading comprehension, psychological, and medical exam.

Jobs with Municipal Police Departments in Louisiana

Law enforcement careers in Louisiana’s cities require good moral standing of the prospective officer as well as a high school diploma or GED.

New Orleans PD: The NOPD is divided into the bureaus of investigation and support, field operations, management services, and public integrity. The NOPD received nearly 504,000 calls in 2012 and divide the city into eight districts. Employment with the NOPD requires the applicant to have either sixty college credits or two years of full time military service.

Baton Rouge PD: This police department is responsible for 228,000 citizens over an area spanning 76 square miles. The work to serve and protect is divided between 698 officers and 188 specialists and civilians. To join the ranks of these officers requires the applicant to have no criminal record, and pay increases according to the applicant’s level of education.

Shreveport PD: The Shreveport dispatch center routes approximately 575 officers to respond to over 250,000 calls each year. Duties include everything from parades and festivals to investigations and traffic enforcement. Applicants must pass a civil service exam to be considered for employment.

Lafayette PD: The Lafayette PD is organized into the divisions of criminal investigations, public affairs, SWAT, and patrol support. The SWAT Team specializes in hostage, barricade, and sniper situations. To join the Lafayette Police Department, potential candidates must pass medical, psychological, physical fitness, and polygraph examinations.

Lake Charles PD: The original town constable of Lake Charles was a blacksmith and Civil War veteran. From those days to the present, officers at the Lake Charles Police Department conduct patrols, enforce the law, and keep the city of Lake Charles safe. Employment seekers must pass a civil service exam to be considered for the position of officer.

Louisiana Law Enforcement Salaries

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, as published in its Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, the median Louisiana law enforcement salaries in 2010 were as follows:

  • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: $37,740
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: $47,120
  • Supervisors of Police and Detectives: $58,060

Salaries for Detectives and Criminal Investigators across Louisiana

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alexandria LA
Estimate Not Released
46780
Baton Rouge LA
380
58120
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux LA
70
46520
Lafayette LA
110
54170
Monroe LA
80
54890
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner LA
570
73920
Shreveport-Bossier City LA
160
58890
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area
150
40670
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area
70
41390
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area
220
37780

Police Officer and Sheriff Salary in Louisiana

The Baton Rouge Police Department has 698 sworn officers and is divided into 4 major bureaus and 50 divisions and offices. Police officers employed by the Baton Rouge Police Department receive a salary ranging between $31,390 and $43,450. In addition, they also receive the following monetary benefits:

  • Incentive Pay: $750 yearly for at least 80 hours of college credit toward a bachelor’s degree, $2,000 per year for a bachelor’s degree, and $2,500 per year for a master’s degree
  • Supplemental Pay (after 1 year of service): $6,000 per year

The New Orleans Police Department also has a lucrative benefit package for their officers:

  • Police Recruit: $35,297 (including uniform allowance)
  • Police Officer I: $43,070 (including monthly state pay and uniform allowance)
  • Annual incentive pay: Associate $1,000, Bachelor $2,000, Master/Doctorate $3,000
  • Monthly state supplemental pay (after 1 year of service): $500 ($6,000 per year)

Louisiana is unique in that is has parishes rather than counties. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office offers Corrections, Road and Communications deputies a starting salary of $35,189. POST Certified Deputies are eligible to receive state supplemental pay, which is an additional $6,000 per year.

Salaries for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers across Louisiana

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Baton Rouge LA
1720
39280
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux LA
540
39150
Lafayette LA
590
44120
Lake Charles LA
560
50490
Monroe LA
510
34840
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner LA
3120
42250
Shreveport-Bossier City LA
1080
44340
Hammond nonmetropolitan area
320
Estimate Not Released
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area
870
28780
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area
510
27850
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area
Estimate Not Released
29750

State Trooper Salary in Louisiana

According to the Louisiana State Police, the state trooper salary in Louisiana starts at $35,604 while attending training at the academy. After 1 year of service, troopers receive an increase in their salary to $40,896. The salary package also offers an additional $1,000 per month for GI Bill for Active Duty Service members during training and $400 per month for GI Bill for National Guard/Reservists during training.

Salaries for Police Supervisors and Detectives across Louisiana

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Baton Rouge LA
430
62740
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux LA
Estimate Not Released
47810
Lafayette LA
110
66790
Lake Charles LA
120
54770
Monroe LA
110
45040
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner LA
750
74350
Shreveport-Bossier City LA
180
64510
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area
140
50510
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area
90
46520
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area
90
47620

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