Apply Police Officer

Step 1 Entrance Exam & Application

A competitive 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.  Also, online testing is available at the Office of State Examiner for a fee of $40.” Applicants who do not pass may retest on the next available testing date.

As of August 1st, 2020, anyone interested in the position of Police Officer shall now apply directly through the Louisiana Office of State Examiner for testing. The test is administered by the Office of State Examiner in various jurisdictions throughout the state of Louisiana. For upcoming testing dates and locations, please visit The Louisiana Office of State Examiner website at

See upcoming OSE competitive exam opportunities and application deadlines, and download a study guide

Step 2 Intake

Once an applicant has received a passing score of 75% or higher from the Office of State examiner, the applicant should then complete the Police Intake Form and Police Intake Application. These forms are available in the tabs below and can be emailed directly to the BRPD Recruiting Division by simply clicking the link in the top right corner of the form. Applicants should then contact the Recruiting Division at or call (225) 389-3906 to confirm that his or her intake form and application have been received.

Once the intake form and application have been received by the Recruiting Division, a BRPD recruiter will then verify your entry exam score through the Office of State Examiner.

Police Intake Form (Employment Requirements)

Police Application

Being that our Police Academy start dates are not predetermined, we ask that you please be patient throughout a hiring process for the purpose of determining vacancy and for the building of an applicant eligibility list. We assure you that you are very valuable to us in your attempt to help us serve the City of Baton Rouge and that we are very grateful for your interest.

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 photos 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 a 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.