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To learn about a career as a police officer or in a non-sworn support position, click over to our “Career” page for details about responsibilities, salary, benefits, and more. No matter what position you’re applying for, we have all the information you need right here. Still have questions? Check out our “Resources” and “FAQ” pages, or feel free to contact us any time.

Step 1 Entrance Exam

The Civil Service Entrance Exam is a basic requirement for all applicants. Individuals who earn a passing score of 75% or greater will be allowed to move forward with the application process. Applicants who do not pass may retest on the next available testing date.

Police Officer

To apply for the Police Officer Entrance Exam, visit the Office of the State Examiner’s “Competitive and Promotional Applications” webpage to download and complete a Competitive Application. Applicants may take the exam at any location within the state; please note that applications may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and applicants should verify that they have the correct application for the jurisdiction they’re taking the exam in.

Applicants taking an exam in a jurisdiction other than Baton Rouge must complete two applications. The first application should be submitted to the office administering the exam; approved applicants will be notified at least five days prior to the exam. Once the exam has been taken and the applicant has received a passing score from that jurisdiction, the second application, along with a copy of the test results and other required documents, should be submitted to the Baton Rouge Municipal Fire & Police Civil Service Board at the address below:

Baton Rouge Municipal Fire & Police Civil Service Board
P.O. Box 1471
Baton Rouge, LA 70821

Non-Sworn Support Positions

Individuals applying for a non-sworn support position as a communications officer, criminal information specialist, or fingerprint technician must pass an Entrance Exam as well as a Computer Skills Exam. Once a passing score of 75% or greater is achieved on the Entrance Exam, applicants must submit a Computer Skills certificate with a passing score of 35 words per minute (wpm) or greater.

Communications Officer

To apply for the Police Communications Entrance Exam, visit the Office of the State Examiner’s “Competitive and Promotional Applications” webpage to download and complete a Competitive Application. Applicants may take the exam at any location within the state; please note that applications may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and applicants should verify that they have the correct application for the jurisdiction they’re taking the exam in.

Applicants taking an exam in a jurisdiction other than Baton Rouge must complete two applications. The first application should be submitted to the office administering the exam; approved applicants will be notified at least five days prior to the exam. Once the exam has been taken and the applicant has received a passing score from that jurisdiction, the second application, along with a copy of the test results, should be submitted to the Baton Rouge Municipal Fire & Police Civil Service Board at the address below:

Baton Rouge Municipal Fire & Police Civil Service Board
P.O. Box 1471
Baton Rouge, LA 70821

Criminal Information Specialist & Fingerprint Technician

Entrance Exams for the positions of Criminal Information Specialist and Fingerprint Technician are administered by the Office of the State Examiner but hosted by the Baton Rouge Police Department. For testing information for these positions, please email us at brpdrecruiting@brla.gov or call (225) 389-3906.

Criminal Information Specialist Study Guide
Fingerprint Technician Study Guide

Computer Skills Certification

A Computer Skills certificate can be obtained online via www.ratatype.com (take the free typing test) or in person at the City of Baton Rouge, Parish of East Baton Rouge’s Department of Human Resources.

To earn your certificate in-person, call the department at (225) 389-3132 to sign-up for the test. Tests are administered by the Department of Human Resources’ Recruitment & Examination Division at their office at 1755 Florida Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.

Tests are administered on Monday and Wednesday. Applicants must arrive between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m., and the test will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. Applicants will not be allowed to enter the testing site once the test has begun. Applicants must provide a valid driver’s license/state I.D. and social security card for admittance into the testing site.

Step 2 Intake

Once an applicant’s passing Entrance Exam score has been received by BRPD, the applicant can complete an intake form. Applicants should contact the Recruiting Division at brpdrecruiting@brla.gov or call (225) 389-3906 to confirm his or her scores have been received and either schedule an appointment to complete an intake form in person or receive an access code to complete the intake form online via the link below. A sample intake form is available for download.

Once the intake form has been completed and reviewed, the Recruiting Division will contact eligible individuals applying to be a police officer to assign a physical assessment date and a medical clearance form to be signed by a physician, allowing the applicant to participate in the assessment. Individuals applying for a non-sworn support position are not required to complete a physical assessment; eligible individuals applying for a non-sworn support position will be contacted to schedule Step 4.

Step 3 Physical Assessment

The physical assessment includes a physical fitness test and a physical ability test. Applicants will only be allowed to complete a physical assessment on their assigned assessment date with a signed medical clearance form from their physician. This step must be completed by police officer applicants only.

Physical Fitness Test

The physical fitness test includes a 1.5-mile run, one minute of sit-ups, and one-minute of push-ups. At a minimum, applicants must complete the 1.5-mile run in 16:10, perform 24 sit-ups, and perform 14 push-ups. (Source: The Cooper Institute) Applicants unable to meet these minimum requirements may retake the test on the next available testing date or apply for the next hiring process. Note: These minimum requirements are the same for all ages and genders.

Physical Ability Test

The physical ability test measures an applicant’s ability to perform job-related exercises. The test is an obstacle course that simulates the foot pursuit of a suspect. Applicants will be given the description of a suspect and will begin in a seated position, wearing a bullet-proof vest and gun belt; the applicant will begin running as he or she approaches the obstacle course, which will consist of the following simulated tasks: wooden fence climb, low crawl, chain-link fence climb, window climb, suspect move (150-pound mannequin), and suspect identification. The obstacle course must be completed in 90 seconds. Applicants who do not pass or complete the test may retake the test on the next available testing date or apply for the next hiring process.

Step 4 Fingerprinting & Photos

Applicants will be fingerprinted and have their photo taken.

Step 5 Personal History

Applicants will be issued an access code to complete an online personal history questionnaire and authorization forms for the release of background information. Each applicant must also submit three letters of recommendation, a credit report, their social security card, and a passport photo. Letters of recommendation must be typed, dated, signed, and include the author’s personal contact information (phone number, physical address, and email address); the letters may be written by anyone who personally knows the applicant, with the exception of family members. All information must be submitted to the Recruiting Division within one week following the completion of the questionnaire. Applicants unable to return this information by the deadline may apply for the next hiring process.

Step 6 Background Investigation

The background investigation portion of the application process includes multiple components, listed below. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license for this step.

Truth Verification

Applicants will be questioned about any prior criminal activity, their work ethic, and potential prejudices; all test results will be valid for six months. Applicants who fail to show up for their scheduled appointment without proper notification will be removed from the hiring process and can reapply.

Background Check

Background investigators will review each applicant’s criminal and driving history, credit history, and personal history questionnaire. Applicants’ current and former employers, neighbors, and personal references will be questioned, and applicants will participate in an in-home interview.

Board Interview

Applicants will be interviewed by a panel of police officers. The interview will include a set of standard questions asked to all applicants, as well as questions based on the applicant’s unique background and the findings of the background investigators. This step will be completed by all applicants.

Psychological Assessment

Applicants will complete psychological testing and an interview with a psychologist. This step will be completed by applicants for police officer and communication officer positions only.

Physical & Drug/Alcohol Screen

Applicants will complete a physical and a drug/alcohol screen.

Step 7 Final Selection

Final selection will be based on an applicant’s complete background, determined in Step 5 and Step 6, as well as the availability of positions. Those selected will be given a final conditional offer of employment.