NOPD chief calls on retired, resigned officers to join reserve division

Published: Jan. 29, 2015 at 12:18 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 29, 2015 at 1:27 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Superintendent Michael Harrison is calling on former New Orleans Police Department officers who have retired or resigned from the Department to join the NOPD Reserve Division.

Harrison states the call to action comes in an effort to add to the ranks of the NOPD Reserve Division

Reserve officers are unpaid, commissioned volunteers who provide additional manpower support to each police district. They are deployed on a nightly basis to patrol high crime areas and to fill special assignments across the city.

The NOPD Reserve Division is open to all former NOPD officers who have retired or resigned from the Department in good standing. As part of the application process, applicants must successfully complete a background investigation. Once accepted, officers will be reinstated at the rank at which they left the department up to lieutenant.

"Reserve officers are playing an important role in our overall strategy to reduce violent crime across the city," said Harrison. "These seasoned officers bring an incredible amount of experience and knowledge to the field and they are well-equipped to stand with us as we work together to keep New Orleans safe. I am calling on any former officer who is willing to serve to step up today. This is an opportunity to make a difference right now."

All Louisiana Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) certified officers are also eligible to join the NOPD Reserves. In order to apply, applicants must complete a series of Civil Service exams and a background investigation. Once complete, applicants must attend a required amount of NOPD training before they are offered a position with the Reserve Division.

Members of the NOPD Reserve Division are required to volunteer for police duties at least 24 hours per month. Reserve officers who work at least 36 hours per month are eeligibleto work paid details through the Office of Police Secondary Employment. In 2014, reserve officers volunteered over 23,000 man hours to the Department, at no cost to the City.

Reserve officers receive a $500 uniform allowance.

An informational meeting will be held on January 31 at 10 a.m. The meeting will take place at NOPD Headquarters at 715 N. Broad Street.

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