Recruitment Brochure

The SUNO Police Department seeks police officer candidates who will provide all police services to the University, including community policing, traffic and criminal law enforcement, emergency response, investigations, and special event staffing.

The SUNO Police Department is responsible for maintaining a safe and pleasant environment in which to live and learn. Officers with the department are charged with the responsibility of protecting life and property, preventing and detecting crime on campus, and providing essential services to the university community. Concerned with the protection of life and property, the officers enforce Louisiana State Laws, City of New Orleans Ordinances, and the rules, regulations, and policies of Southern University at New Orleans.

The SUNO Police Department is a full-service police organization that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing around-the-clock protection and services to the university community.

Duties of a SUNO Police Officer

Police officers protect the lives and property of citizens. A SUNO Police Officer's duties and responsibilities can vary from day to day. These duties and responsibilities can often range from highly dangerous and highly physical work to paperwork or desk tasks. Whatever the assignment may be, a police officer is expected to carry out the commands of his supervisors and to enforce the law ethically in the area under his/her jurisdiction.

SUNO Police Officer Duties Include:
  1. Patrol

SUNO Police Officers patrol assigned areas on foot, bicycles, or by motor vehicles to control traffic, prevent or deter crime, and arrest violators, and issue warnings or citations when violations of the law are observed. Patrolling provides a police presence which can deter crime and make people feel safer.

  1. Working with the Community

Community Policing is a collaborative effort between the SUNO Police Department and the community that identifies problems of crime and disorder and involves all elements of the community in the search for solutions to these problems. It is founded on close, mutually beneficial ties between the SUNO Police Department and community members.

  1. Victim Assistance

One of the most important duties of the SUNO Police Department is victim assistance. It is a SUNO Police Officer's duty to patrol with a view toward prevention; however, providing victim assistance is another duty. This means providing comfort and an escort to a safe place. The officer should also know the protocol for psychological and legal support.

  1. Policy Enforcement

SUNO Police Officers enforce Louisiana State Laws, City of New Orleans ordinances, and SUNO policies, regulations, and rules on all university property, including residential housing. Anyone caught in violation of these laws or policies is subject to disciplinary action and/or arrest by law enforcement personnel.

  1. Cite, Reprimand & Arrest

Cite or reprimand individuals who have broken the law. This can involve writing tickets or apprehending people and taking them to jail. Apprehending and arresting people can be dangerous and could involve chases, violence, and weapons. SUNO Police Officers may also be asked to escort prisoners to jail.

  1. Control Crowds & Traffic

After an automobile accident, SUNO Police Officers may assume control of traffic. For events with large crowds, such as athletic or other university events, SUNO Police Officers help to maintain order and provide a security presence to deter or top illegal activities.

  1. Investigate

SUNO Police Officers investigate all types of crimes and accidents, perform follow-up duties on crimes/accidents as directed by their supervisors; interview suspects and witnesses; and collect evidence.

  1. Record Keeping

Officers write crime reports and daily activity reports of disturbances, accidents, crimes, and tickets issued in the prescribed format. These reports are required for record keeping and may be used by local, state, and federal agencies.

  1. First Aid

SUNO Police Officers may have to administer basic first aid and will also have to call in medical and fire personnel when more extensive medical attention or emergency response is necessary.

  1. Respond to Calls

Responds to emergency alarms and dispatched calls that require police assistance. This could be a crime tip or a call to the police dispatcher. SUNO Police Officers respond in the manner necessary, including multiple police officers going to the scene of the crime or a dangerous situation.

  1. Testify

SUNO Police Officers testify in court in response to subpoena as a witness and/or reporting officer to crime.

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 $15.88 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.
Qualifications, Selection Process & Timeline

Although individuals with minimum qualifications may apply, only those with the most suitable job-related experience, education and qualifications will continue in the selection process. Applicants should visit Louisiana Department of State Civil Service to apply for positions within SUNO Police and to check on the latest status of their application. 

Applicants must have Civil Service test scores for 9500-LEAPS 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.



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.


In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Southern University at New Orleans does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or military service in its administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; its admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; athletic or other University-administered programs; or employment.

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

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