The Times-Picayune reports that a $600,000 campaign to recruit new police officers in New Orleans has attracted hundreds of applicants but only a handful who qualify. Some wonder if NOPD standards, including requiring some college credits, may be hindering the recruitment effort. But in a department with a long history of rogue officers, advocates in the past have also urged the NOPD to be more selective.
The city has a goal of increasing the NOPD’s regular ranks from the current 1,100 to 1,600. It won’t be easy. Of the 2,048 people who have applied this year, only 17 had been cleared for hire in an upcoming NOPD academy class. Officials explained that most of the applicants don’t meet basic requirements, don’t follow through on their initial application or can’t pass the required tests and background check.