NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department began training the newest class of recruits at the NOPD training academy Monday morning.
This class, number 176, is the first class to begin this year, and is the largest recruit class to begin since the Get Behind the Badge campaign launched back in 2013.
The campaign is an outreach effort designed to attract more people to the NOPD, and it seems to be working.
The 39 NOPD recruits in this class are from all over the country and will undergo training eight hours a day, for 26 weeks. This includes nearly 1,000 hours of post certified training.
A recruit class just graduated Friday, and with the beginning of this new class, the NOPD announced a new partnership launched between the department and area McDonald's restaurant owners that will help expand recruitment efforts.
"We're really proud, and this is a very diverse class. If you heard us talk you know half of the class came from out of state. We have people that came from as far as New York, New Jersey, Florida, Tennessee, Ohio," Chief Michael Harrison said. "We're going to continue recruiting both locally and nationally, the best is yet to come from the New Orleans Police Department."
"We have three owners of McDonald's franchises throughout the metropolitan area that stepped up to the plate and are going to help the chief and I with recruiting, by making sure that on every tray in McDonald's restaurants for the foreseeable future, there are "Get Behind the Badge" posters to help us with recruiting, which by the way has gotten much better," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.
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