New Police Officer

NEW POLICE OFFICER

Application Process

STEP 1:

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Complete Alexandria Police Department application  and submit by email to apd-recruiting@cityofalex.com or mail or hand deliver to Recruiting, 1000 Bolton Ave, Alexandria, LA 71301.

STEP 2:

PASS THE TEST

Take and successfully pass the Louisiana Civil Service Exam. Information and resources can be found. Civil Service test scores are valid for 18 months post test and must be valid on day of hire.

STEP 3:

PHYSICAL TESTING

Successfully complete the Physical Requirement Test which includes 1.5 mile run, push-ups, and sit ups. Candidate may attend scheduled PRT dates or individual appointments can be made.

STEP 4:

Complete background check release packet and CVSA questionnaire​

The pre-employment process includes a comprehensive background check and a Controlled Voice Stress Analyzer assessment.

STEP 5:

Panel and Chief of Police interviews conducted

Candidate interviews with a selected panel of officers and if the peer interview is successfully completed is scheduled for an interview with the Chief of Police. 

STEP 6:

Medical examination and psychological screening

Candidates must meet and maintain general medical standards and demonstrate good health, in order to successfully perform the duties of a police officer, as determined by a qualified physician. Psychological screening is designed to evaluate whether candidates can handle the stress that accompanies a career in law enforcement.

STEP 7:

Enter the Academy

Congratulations! Once you’ve successfully completed the previous steps and your Academy start date is scheduled, you will attend and prepare to protect and to serve throughout your career as a member of the APD.

*Notice to Military services members and college students: Because the process of becoming a Police Officer is time consuming, we recommend that you should begin the application and testing phase two (2) months prior to your departure from military service or college.

*P.O.S.T. certified police officer hiring process may be different than above. Please contact Lieutenant Wesley Mathews, 318-441-6401 or apd-recruiting@cityofalex.com for more information. 

Minimum Qualifications

  1. At least 21 years old to apply for Police Officer (or 21 years of age by first day of Academy)
  2. At least 18 years old to apply for Communications Officer
  3. At least 18 years old to apply for Police Records Clerk
  4. Must be a U.S. citizen
  5. Must be able to read, write, and speak English
  6. Must be registered with the Selective Service (males only}
  7. Must possess one of the following: high school diploma, high school equivalency certificate, high school transcript, affidavit from the issuing high school, associate’s or bachelor’s degree, or college transcript, any of which must indicate graduation has occurred or a degree was awarded. A certificate of completion shall not be sufficient to substitute for a diploma or equivalency certificate.
  8. At least 21 years old to apply for Police Officer
  9. At least 18 years old to apply for Communications Officer
  10. At least 18 years old to apply for Police Records Clerk
  11. Must be a U.S. citizen
  12. Must be able to read, write, and speak English
  13. Must be registered with the Selective Service (males only}
  14. Must possess one of the following: high school diploma, high school equivalency certificate, high school transcript, affidavit from the issuing high school, associate’s or bachelor’s degree, or college transcript, any of which must indicate graduation has occurred or a degree was awarded. A certificate of completion shall not be sufficient to substitute for a diploma or equivalency certificate.

Master Disqualifications

  1. Have been convicted of, plead guilty to, or nolo contendre to any felony
  2. Have been convicted of, plead guilty to, or nolo contendre to a misdemeanor resulting from a felony case
  3. Have been convicted of, plead guilty to, or nolo contendre to and/or show a history of domestic violence. This includes a conviction of a lesser charge, which at the time of occurrence was a domestic violence crime.
  4. Used marijuana within the past two years
  5. Sold, cultivated, or produced marijuana within the past five years
  6. Sold, cultivated, produced, used, or transported any other illegal narcotic to include the transportation of marijuana, within the past 5 years
  7. Have been dishonorably discharged from any military branch
  8. Have been convicted of any civil rights violations
  9. Have been terminated or resigned from any law enforcement agency for any criminal conduct unless the charges or allegations were exonerated or cleared
  10. If you have been arrested for a felony, have not had your felony arrest expunged, unless expungements are not allowed by the state. The APO will review all misdemeanor and felony arrests
  11. Have been convicted, plead guilty to, or nolo contendre to a DWI or related charges in the last two years. A diversion or similar action is the same as a guilty plea
  12. Have been involved in more than four at-fault crashes within a two-year period

*The Alexandria Police Department reserves the right to submit all questions regarding criminal history disqualifiers to the APD Legal Division for approval or denial.
*The Alexandria Police Department in an Equal Opportunity Employer*
*Notice to Military services members and college students: Because the process of becoming a Police Officer is time consuming, we recommend that you should begin the application and testing phase two (2) months prior to your departure from military service or college.