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Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of our team! Be a part of one of the nation’s premier campus law enforcement agencies at SUNOPD. We think you'll find our department to be progressive, community-oriented, and focused on excellence.  SUNOPD provides a full spectrum of police services to the campus, including 24/7/365 patrol and emergency response by the Patrol Division trained to patrol on bike, on foot, or in vehicles, as well as community policing, investigations, traffic and education and training divisions.

Is SUNOPD currently hiring?

Current vacancies can be found on the Louisiana Department of State Civil Service.  If no vacancies are shown on the website, the department will gladly accept the applicant's resume for employment for Police Officer positions in anticipation of future hiring needs. This is not an application, but you will be personally notified when the next vacancy is open.

Applicants must have Civil Service test scores for the 2100 - Protective Services Exam in order to be considered for this vacancy unless exempted by Civil Service rule or policy.  If you do not have a score prior to applying to this posting, it may result in your application not being considered. 

Applicants without a current test score can apply to take the test here.

This test is used for entry-level through intermediate-level protective service jobs in state government.

For PSE sample test questions, click here.

SUNO Police officers receive competitive starting salaries and a generous package of state benefits, including a tuition waiver for officers wishing to pursue higher education. Benefits include:

Starting salary: $32,364 - $57,428 *There is currently a Special Entrance Rate of $18.80 Hourly for officers.

  • After one year of service, officers receive $6,000/year supplemental pay from the Louisiana Office of Supplemental Pay.

Choice of health, dental, disability, and life insurance plans offered through the State of Louisiana Office of Group Benefits

  • Generous vacation, holiday, and sick leave
  • Free access to SUNO gym facilities 24/7
  • Tuition waiver program for studies at SUNO and opportunities for professional development and career advancement
  • Participation in the Louisiana State Employees’ Retirement System (LASERS)
  • Equipment and uniforms are provided.

One year of experience in law enforcement work.


College training will substitute for the required experience on the basis of thirty semester hours for the year of experience.


Must have the eighteenth birthday at the time of application.

An applicant who has been convicted of a felony or who is under indictment on a felony charge will be disqualified until relief from the disabilities imposed by state and federal laws is granted.

May be required to possess a valid Louisiana driver's license at the time of appointment.

Required to complete a Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) course.

For some positions, evidence of POST certification must be submitted at the time of the application.

May be required to qualify annually with a firearm.

For some positions, the applicant must be eligible for bond.

A drug screen will be administered prior to employment.


For additional information, please contact us at (504) 286-5047. 


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"Southern University at New Orleans is an Equal Opportunity Employer"