Police Officer Applicant

Lafayette Police Department

APPLICATION PROCESS
T
he first step in the hiring process is to take the entry level civil service test. You may contact the State of Louisiana examiner's office in Baton Rouge at www.ose.state.la.us. This is the Office of State Examiner and will have listing of testing sites. Applicants should verify the deadline dates for the testing area before submitting an application. A six page application is available as well under the competitive and promotional exams section. When the entry level exam for Police Officer is administered in Lafayette and the Lafayette Fire and Police Civil Service Board authorizes the transfer of your test scores, all applications will be forwarded to the Police Department.

If the entry level exam for Police Officer is administered at a location other then Lafayette, the following steps must be taken:

The applicant will need to bring test scores to recruiter upon receiving them.
After the test score arrives, the applicant must submit a completed application for the position of Police Officer with the Lafayette Police Department.
When requesting to have your test score transferred or submitting an application, the following address will be used.

POLICE OFFICER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Once completing the P.O.S.T. academy, Initial Phase Training and a Four phase Field Training Program all newly hired Police employees will be required to work full time shift work consisting of either 12 hour fixed days or night shifts on alternating weekends and some holidays. New Police Officers are required to conduct initial criminal investigations and are expected to have a vast working knowledge of all City, State and Federal laws. In order to complete these investigations the Police employee is required to make arrests, issue summonses or forward the investigation for further follow-up to other Police Department Divisions.

Police employees are expected to conduct proactive traffic enforcement activities on a daily basis and investigate minor and major traffic crashes which may involve injuries, fatalities and DWI offenders. Police employees are sometimes called upon to apprehend dangerous felony offenders and are required to be physically fit to perform these duties. Police employees must be proficient in modern law enforcement principles, procedures and techniques as well as demonstrate proficiency in computer skills.

The Police employee must be able to exercise sound judgment on calls where immediate action is required within department guidelines and state law and posses effective communications skills. Additionally all Police employees are required to successfully complete 40 hours of annual "In-Service" job related training.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • 20 years old or over.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED.
  • Your physical ability must enable you to perform the duties of a police officer.
  • Vision correctable to 20/20 - not greater than 20/100 uncorrected. No color blindness.
  • No criminal history.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Honorable discharge from military (if applicable).
  • Free from physical defects or deformities that would prohibit performance of duties.
  • Each accepted applicant will go through a screening process consisting of:
    • Submit a complete application
    • Preliminary polygraph interview
    • Polygraph examination
    • Physical fitness testing (Consist of: 1.5 mile run, Pushups, Situps, and obstacle course. Contact recruiter for more information)
    • Background investigation
    • Oral interview
    • Medical examination
    • Psychological examination

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

To be considered for employment with the Lafayette Police Department, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

Age
You must not be less than 20 years of age.

Residency
Upon application, you must be a citizen of the United States, will be a qualified elector of the State of Louisiana and maintain a permanent address where you can be contacted. You must agree, upon appointment, to establish residency within 30 miles of the Lafayette Parish Court House.

Education
You must be a high school graduate, or have a state high school equivalency certificate approved by any recognized State Board of Education.

Physical Ability
You must meet and maintain any medical standards designed to demonstrate good health, to perform the duties of the position, as determined by a qualified physician.

Eye sight
Vision to be correctable to 20/20 - not greater than 20/100 uncorrected.

Hearing
Must be normal.

Military Experience
You must have received an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions. (Veterans preference will be given to those who qualify). A photo copy of your military discharge will be required (DD Form 214).

Disabilities
You must be free from any physical defects or deformities that would prohibit you from performing the normal duties of a police officer.

 

DISQUALIFIERS:

Felony Convictions
Automatic disqualification.

Misdemeanor Criminal Convictions
One may be disqualified after review of conviction. Any misdemeanor conviction regarding Domestic Violence Crimes permanently disqualifies the candidate for consideration of employment.

DWI/OWI/DUI
No convictions within 5 years prior to application.

Driver's License
You must have a valid Louisiana License or a current license from another state. Must not have excessive moving violations on your record. NOTE: Automatic disqualification will result should the applicant's driving record show 5 moving violations; or 2 serious violations with accidents; or one OWI.

Pending Civil Litigation
If an applicant is involved in litigation, said applicant will be placed in a pending status until all civil litigation has been concluded. The applicant will be required to bring a certified photocopy of documentation from the respective jurisdiction where the proceedings were held, and indicating that all proceedings have concluded.


BENEFITS:

Salary
Currently, the annual salary for an entry-level Police Officer is $31,960.80 per annum ($2663.40 per month). Applicants hired with a P.O.S.T. Certificate and receiving State Supplemental Pay will receive $37,960.80 per annum, inclusive of State Supplemental Pay ($3163.40 per month). Officers are paid biweekly, working an 80-hour pay period with alternating weekends off.

Vacation
Vacation is earned at the following rate; 6 months but less than 5 years, 96 hours; 5 years but less than 10 years, 120 hours; 10 years but less than 15 years, 144 hours; 15 years but less than 20 years, 168 hours; 20 years and over, 192 hours. The initial earning of leave and future increases will begin on the first day of the first pay period after completion of 6 months of continuous service and thereafter, the applicable continuous service anniversary date.

Retirement
Employees with the Lafayette Police Department belong to the Municipal Police Employees Retirement System(MPERS). The retirements are as follows: 20yrs----66 2/3% at age 50, 25yrs----83 1/3% at any age, and 30yrs----99.9% at any age.

College Tuition Assistance Program
The Lafayette Police Department recognizes the importance of education and offers an excellent tuition reimbursement program to its officers.

Equipment
Laptop computer, Glock .40 caliber handgun, uniforms, ballistic vest, footwear, and one man per unit take home policy (Officer must live within Lafayette Parish to qualify for take home unit privileges).

Sick Leave
Each employee is entitled to sick leave with full pay for any illness or injury, not brought about by his own negligence or culpable indiscretion, which prevents his attendance at duty for a period of 52 weeks.

Health Insurance
Health insurance is extended to the officers along with a free life insurance policy.

Deferred Compensation
The Lafayette Consolidated Government also offers an employee the opportunity to become a member of Nationwide Retirement Solutions, which is an optional retirement benefit program. This is a deferred compensation program (pretax dollar plan) that allows employees to make contributions to the plan. These contributions are not taxed until withdrawn.

Holidays
The Lafayette Consolidated Government recognizes 10 holidays per year. These holidays are listed below:

  • New Years Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Mardi Gras Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Acadian Day
  • Christmas Day

 

Life Insurance
The Lafayette Consolidated Government provides life insurance for the employee. The amount of the insurance is calculated by multiplying the annual salary by two.

Notice to short timers in the military services and college students:

  • As you are nearing the end, you must consider a new career. Because the process of becoming a Police Officer is time consuming, you should begin the test phase two (2) months prior to your departure from military service or college.

 

Effective from January 1, 2011: All new hires will be required to submit a DNA sample to the Lafayette Police Department in accordance with Louisiana Revised Statue 40:2405.4

Lafayette Police Department
Attn: Corporal Dorian Brabham, Recruiting,

900 E. University Ave
Lafayette, LA 70502
Phone: (337) 291-8663
Email Address: recruitlpd@lafayettela.gov

At the next scheduled civil service meeting (which will be on every 2nd Tuesday of every month), the Lafayette Fire and Police Civil Service Board will have to authorize the score transfer. If authorized, your application will be forwarded to the Police Department.

IF YOU THINK THIS MAY BE FOR YOU, PLEASE CALL Lafayette Police Department Recruiting Office (337) 291-8663 OR Email at recruitlpd@lafayettela.gov