NOPD Academy: Citizens on Patrol

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As part of New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s sweeping policy change at the New Orleans Police Department aimed at increasing officer morale and respect, the department will be launching the Citizens Police Academy.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about community policing, patrol duties, new technology the NOPD is utilizing, specialized divisions, and more.

The Citizens Police Academy also allows New Orleans residents to meet, chat with, and learn more about what the men and women of the NOPD do every day to keep the city safe.

The academy will consist of hands-on learning experiences with interactive learning tools and activities.

NOPD Citizen's Police Academy runs from August 13 to October 1. The 7-week program will take place on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at various NOPD facilities.

All applicants must be 21 years of age and a resident of New Orleans. You must complete an application in order to participate. Here's how to find the application:

1.) Go to

2.) Click 'Community Service'

3.) Click 'Citizens Police Academy'

4.) Complete and submit the application. Participants can register here.