Career

Police Officer

Police Officers perform a number of tasks both directly and indirectly related to protecting and serving the Baton Rouge community. This job can vary significantly depending on the unique role of each officer and his or her unit – from uniform patrol, where all officers begin their career, to our special response team, narcotics unit, motorcycle patrol, and many more.

Officers’ tasks may include patrolling designated areas in the city limits of Baton Rouge, responding to and investigating misdemeanor and felony crimes, and responding to and investigating traffic crashes; interviewing and obtaining statements from individuals involved in alleged crimes, gathering evidence, making arrests, administering first aid, and securing crime sites; and enforcing traffic laws. Officers are also responsible for performing other police-related duties as assigned.

Officers must respond to situations firmly, courteously, and tactful with respect for the rights of others, and they must analyze situations quickly and objectively to determine the proper course of action. Begin your application

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Salary

As of the year 2021, new recruits will benefit receiving a salary of up to $43, 116 after their first year within the Baton Rouge Department. Recruits with a college degree will receive up to $45,616 annually (depending on degree). State supplemental pay is included in the above salaries. College incentives are reflected in the above salaries based on the listed college experience at a rate up to:

  • 80 + hours – $750.00 annually
  • Bachelor’s degree – $2,000.00 annually
  • Master’s degree – $2,500.00 annually

New Law Enforcement Officers

  • Beginning salary of $2,915.59 (base) per month while in the academy.
  • After successful completion of one year, a salary of $3,593 (base pay + state supplemental)
    per month.
  • Recruits with a college degree will make up to $3,801 (base pay + state supplemental + degree) per month after one year.
  • New recruits will be paid while attending the academy.

Prior Law Enforcement Officers (must be POST Certified with 1-year road experience)

  • Beginning salaries are as followed with a 3% increase at each year’s experience:
  • 1-year experience starting salary up to $45,616.00)
  • 2-years’ experience starting salary up to $46,730.00
  • 3-years’ experience starting salary up to $47,877.00
  • 4-years’ experience starting salary up to $49,059.00
  • Etc.…. (3% increase each year of experience following above salary ranges)

Benefits

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Free life insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • 11 paid holidays per year (overtime up to $5000 + annually if worked)
  • Paid bi-weekly vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Recruits will obtain college credits while in the academy
  • Military leave
  • G.I. is accessible while in the academy
  • Uniforms and equipment, provided by BRPD
  • Opportunities to receive additional Extra-Duty Details($30 to $50 per hour)

NON-SWORN SUPPORT Positions

You don’t have to be a police officer to work for the Baton Rouge Police Department. In fact, BRPD offers several employment opportunities for civilians, including supporting BRPD communications, receiving and responding to information requests, and classifying and identifying fingerprints. Begin your application

Communications Officer

Communications Officers support BRPD by operating communications equipment, keeping records, dispatching officers to calls, and communicating with agencies, businesses, and other organizations.

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Shift Hours

  • Days | 5:25 a.m. – 5:25 p.m.
  • Nights | 5:25 p.m. – 5:25 a.m.
  • Fixed shifts with rotating days off

Salary

  • $14.29 hourly/$2,600 monthly
  • Raise after six months to $2,678 monthly
  • Annual merit increases

College incentives

  • 80 hours - $750.00 annually
  • Bachelor’s degree - $2,000.00 annually
  • Master’s degree - $2,500.00 annually

Shift differential pay

  • Nights - $1.00/hour

Benefits

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Paid monthly vacation and sick leave accrual

Criminal Information Specialist

Criminal Information Specialists play a crucial role in BRPD’s daily operations. This position involves reviewing and responding to requests for information from law enforcement officers working in the field through radio communications or other necessary means. Individuals with this job are responsible for providing immediate assistance to police officers regarding vehicle registrations, stolen vehicles, and other property, missing persons, etc.

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Shift Hours

  • Days | 6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Evenings | 3:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
  • Nights | 9:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.
  • Fixed shift with rotating days off

Salary

  • $11.34 hourly/$1,966 monthly
  • Raise after six months
  • Annual raises

College incentives

  • 80 hours - $750.00 annually
  • Bachelor’s degree - $2,000.00 annually
  • Master’s degree - $2,500.00 annually

Shift differential pay

  • Evenings - $0.50/hour
  • Nights - $1.00/hour

Benefits

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Paid monthly vacation and sick leave accrual

Criminal intelligence analyst

Prepares, analyzes, and disseminates information relevant to actual and anticipated criminal activity utilizing modern research methods including research design, statistical analysis, trends and patterns, victim and suspect profiling, and other quantitative research techniques. Applies knowledge of criminal justice system and standard police procedures to determine methodology of collecting and collating data from various software programs, and databases. Prepares narrative statements summarizing retrieved information.

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Shift Hours

  • Varies/Flexible

Salary

  • $14.62 hourly/$2,535 monthly

College incentives

  • 80 hours - $750.00 annually
  • Bachelor’s degree - $2,000.00 annually
  • Master’s degree - $2,500.00 annually

Shift differential pay

  • Evenings - $0.50/hour
  • Nights - $1.00/hour

Benefits

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Paid monthly vacation and sick leave accrual

Police Cadet

This is a position of training in general police work following well-defined procedures and techniques. Employees in this class perform regular and routine assignments as instructed, and any independent action, initiative, or judgment may be utilized as experience is gained. All general and special assignments or instructions are received from a designated superior officer. Performance of work, methods, and results will be reviewed through reports, inspections, and discussions. Police Cadet will not be allowed to carry weapons except under compelling and emergency situations. Continued employment in this class is conditional and depends upon a satisfactory tenure of service. Upon reaching the age of 21 a cadet may be automatically allocated to the class of Police Officer provided he passes the police officer civil service entrance examination; such allocation to supersede any existing employment list.

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Shift Hours

  • Varies/Flexible

Salary

  • $13.29 hourly/$2,303 monthly

      Benefits

      • Health, dental, and vision insurance
      • Retirement plan
      • 11 paid holidays per year
      • Paid monthly vacation and sick leave accrual

      Fingerprint Technician

      Fingerprint Technicians are responsible for classifying and identifying fingerprints, as well as processing all prisoners arrested by BRPD officers and other agencies through Live Scan. Fingerprint Technicians’ duties also include recording prisoners’ information, collecting fingerprints, and taking photographs.

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      Shift Hours

      • Days | 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
      • Evenings | 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
      • Nights | 11:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.
      • Fixed shifts with rotating days off

      Salary

      • $10.59 hourly/$1,836 monthly
      • Raise after six months to $1,890 monthly
      • Annual raises

      College incentives

      • 80 hours - $750.00 annually
      • Bachelor’s degree - $2,000.00 annually
      • Master’s degree - $2,500.00 annually

      Shift differential pay

      • Evenings - $0.50/hour
      • Nights - $1.00/hour

      Benefits

      • Health, dental, and vision insurance
      • Retirement plan
      • 11 paid holidays per year
      • Paid monthly vacation and sick leave accrual