New Orleans (WGNO)—Delivering on a commitment to continue to recruit, hire and train the next generation of NOPD officers, today, the department graduated 26 recruits from the Training Academy. Class #175 was hired in December 2015, and underwent training eight hours a day, Monday through Friday, for a total of 26 weeks. This is the ninth recruit class to graduate from the NOPD Training Academy since 2010.
“We are committed to providing this community with the police protection they expect and deserve, and that’s why we’re working so hard to grow the NOPD,” said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. “Adding more officers to the force will help us reduce our response times and increase police presence in our neighborhoods. Today’s graduation brings us one step closer to achieving this goal. I want to thank the men and women of Class #175 for answering the call to serve, and I want to thank the residents and visitors of New Orleans for their unwavering support.”
“Public safety is our top priority and today’s graduation is another sign of commitment to making our city safer,” said Mayor Landrieu. “After weeks of training, the 26 men and women of NOPD Recruit Class #175 have taken the charge to protect and to serve, and we are grateful for their dedication to our city.”
Among the 28 recruits:
- 6 recruits are female;
- 8 recruits have military experience, including U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army and National Guard;
- 3 recruits have Master’s Degrees, another 10 recruits have Bachelor’s Degrees and 2 recruits have Associate’s Degrees; and
- 14 recruits are joining the NOPD from out of state, including recruits from New York, Virginia, Connecticut, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and New Jersey.