NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - 15 people from out-of-town are in the city applying to be New Orleans police officers.
The department says the men and women are here taking their first step towards their law enforcement careers with the NOPD.
Applicants in town for this week's testing are from Chicago, New York City, New Jersey, California, Virginia, Alabama, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Florida, Texas, Mississippi, and Monroe. There are local applicants as well.
Police recruit candidates started by taking the Civil Service test. When they pass the multiple choice and written tests, they must complete a physical agility test and panel interviews before beginning the background investigation.
The NOPD puts together what it calls "bundled" testing days to accommodate applicants from out-of-town. The next "bundled" testing dates are December 19-21, 2016; January 4-6 & 16-18, 2017; and February 1-3, 2017.
The department says it received 4,100 applicants in 2016. The NOPD had hoped to hire 150 new police recruits in 2016.
Click here for more information on how to join the NOPD.