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NOPD Seeks Applicants for Youth Cadet Program

by Ambria R. Washington

May 10, 2018

Categories: Announcement, Community

Topics: Modernizing Policing, Police Training, Recruitment

NOPD Seeks Applicants for Youth Cadet Program

The NOPD is seeking high school seniors and college students that are eager to learn about the field of law enforcement’s principles, ethics, training and teamwork. 

In the summer of 2017, the NOPD developed a hands-on cadet program geared toward local students interested in a career as an NOPD officer. NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison launched the program in an effort to recruit, educate and mentor local young men and women living in the city.   

Click here to WATCH a video that shows more about the program

The program is a three-phase curriculum that consists of class sessions and training regarding all aspects of the department. The first phase of the program requires cadets to meet once a week for 12 weeks, while the second phase requires cadets to meet biweekly. In the final phase, cadets meet once a month and receive assistance in completing the application process to become an NOPD recruit. 

The program includes working in partnership with local agencies including the District Attorney’s Office and New Orleans EMS, so cadets can understand the workings of law enforcement partners. 



  • High school seniors up to college students (under the age of 20)
  • Must live in the state of Louisiana
  • Interest in a career as an NOPD officer


Students interested in joining the NOPD’s Youth Cadet Program or their parents can contact Lt. Sabrina Richardson during normal business hours at 504-658-5488 or email for more information.