LSU Police officers and police dog, Tiger Stadium in background.

Career Opportunities

Police Officer positions: 

The Louisiana State University Police Department may be accepting applications for the positions of Police Officer 1A, 2A, or 3A for both POST (Peace Officer Standards & Training) certified or Non-POST certified.

The level of positions filled and pay above entry will depend on qualifications of candidates selected.

At time of application, applicant MUST have a passing score of at least 70% for the Protective Services Exam (PSE - series 2100), unless currently occupying a Civil Service position in the LEAPS exam series, with permanent status or re-employment eligibility.  *Please note that as of October 1, 2021, the new Protective Services Exam (series 2100) replaces the 9500-LEAPS (Louisiana Law Enforcement and Protective Services) exam.  

 

  • Police Officer 1A
    No specialized experience or training is required.
  • Police Officer 2A
    One year of experience in law enforcement required.
  • Police Officer 3A
    Two years of experience in law enforcement required.

All applicants must possess a valid Louisiana driver’s license and must have attained their eighteenth birthday at 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.

Special requirements: Willingness and ability to perform physically strenuous activities relative to the nature of law enforcement.

NOTE: For a complete list of substitutions, in regards to minimum qualifications, please see the full ad on our website below. An offer of employment is contingent on passing a pre-employment background check, psychological test, and drug test.

Please search vacancy announcements and or apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU

Please call 225-578-8200 for specific questions about available opportunities within the LSU Police Department.

The LSU System is an equal opportunity/equal access employer.

The LSU Police Department serves Louisiana State University by providing effective and professional public safety services to the university community. At various times during the year, the Department seeks applicants who are interested in a career in law enforcement.

Police Officer 1A:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Must have attained eighteenth birthday at 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.
  • Will be required to possess a valid Louisiana driver’s license at time of appointment.
  • Will be required to complete a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) course.
  • For some positions, evidence of POST certification must be submitted at the time of application.
  • Will be required to qualify annually with a firearm.

Police Officer 2A: 

  • All criteria for Police Officer 1A, plus: 
  • One year of experience in law enforcement or Military Police in the Armed Forces. 
  • College credits may be substituted for the required experience on the basis of thirty semester hours for one year of experience. 

Police Officer 3A:

  • All criteria for Police Officer 1A, plus:
  • Two years of experience in law enforcement or Military Police in the Armed Forces. 
  • College credits may be substituted for the required experience on the basis of thirty semester hours for one year experience. 

Step 1: Entrance Exam

Protective Services Exam (PSE - series 2100) is a pass/fail exam. Results are emailed within 72 hours of taking the exam. You can only take this exam every 90 days. Your passing score is valid for a period of two years.

More information for testing locations, days, and times may be found at https://jobs.civilservice.louisiana.gov/TestInformation/TestLocations.aspx

To register to take the PSE - series 2100, please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/louisiana/jobs/3147666/2100-protective-services-exam-pse.

Step 2: Job posted on LSU HRM website

Applicant must submit an application to HRM with a passing civil service exam score. Applicant can check LSU Human Resources website for job postings at lsu.edu/hrm/job_seekers.

Step 3: Physical Fitness Assessment

Selected applicants will be contacted to perform a pre-employment fitness evaluation.

Entrance Standards - Male

Activity Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-59 Age 60+
300 Meter Run 73.4 seconds 74.9 seconds 90.0 seconds 101.6 seconds N/A
Vertical Jump 16.0 inches 15.5 inches 12.1 inches 10.0 inches N/A
Push Ups 18 13 9 6

Entrance Standards - Female

Activity Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-59 Age 60+
300 Meter Run 97.0 seconds 100.0 seconds 121.5 seconds N/A N/A
Vertical Jump 12.0 inches 10.2 inches 7.0 inches N/A N/A
Push Ups 8 6 4 N/A N/A

Step 4: Oral Interview

Oral interview applicants will receive a phone call or email informing them of their scheduled date for appearance before an oral interview board.

Step 5: Background and Reference Check

A background investigation and Credit History Check will be conducted of all applicants. This phase does not require any action by the applicant. LSU Police Department staff will investigate each applicant’s criminal, driving, and credit history. The applicant’s former employers, neighbors and family may be interviewed. Each applicant must sign a waiver giving LSU Officers permission to conduct a background check and credit history check.

Step 6: Selection of Candidates

Upon completion of the applicant process, applicant information will be assembled in a candidate pool. This information will be reviewed for available positions by members of the selection board. Candidates will then be selected in a nondiscriminatory manner.

Step 7: Interviews of Applicant’s References

The applicant’s friends, family, employers, and neighbors may be visited and interview by LSU Police Department Officers in order to gather more information pertaining to the applicant.

Step 8: Conditional Offer of Employment

Selected applicants will be offered conditional employment pending final review by the Hiring Committee and successful completion of step 9.

Step 9: Medical Examination, Drug Test, Polygraph Examination, and Psychological Evaluation

Candidates will be required to report for a medical exam, drug test, polygraph examination, and a psychological evaluation by a licensed, contracted physician on our staff. 

Step 10: Final Offer of Employment

Selected applicants will be contacted with final offer of employment.

Step 11: Start of Employment

All applicants who accept the final offer of employment will receive information regarding the initiation of employment.

Salary

Police Officer PO-1A – LSU Rate    Hourly: $17.50 –  _____       Annually: $36,400 – _____

Police Officer PO-2A – LSU Rate   Hourly: $18.80 – $19.87     Annually: $39,104 – $41,329

Police Officer PO-3A – LSU Rate   Hourly: $20.11 – $23.10      Annually: $41,829 – $48,048

Benefits

  • Visit lsu.edu/benefits for direct LSU employee benefits.
  • Officers employed with the LSU Police Department participate in the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System (LASERS). Officers will participate in the Hazardous Duty Plan, which has an accrual rate of 3 1/3% per year of service. Example: 99.9% of regular salary with 30 years of service. More information can be found on the LASERS website: https://lasersonline.org/.
  • Health, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Short/long term disability insurance
  • Tuition Exemption Program (up to 6 credit hours per semester)
  • 14 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Accrued annual leave and sick leave
  • Yearly uniform allowance
  • All equipment is provided by the department

Career opportunities for Communications Officer positions: 

The Louisiana State University Police Department may be accepting applications for the positions of Communications Officers.

The level of positions filled and pay above entry will depend on qualifications of candidates selected.

At time of application, applicant MUST have a passing score of at least 70% for the 8500-OSE (Office Support Exam), unless currently occupying a Civil Service position in the OSE series, with permanent status or re-employment eligibility.

This position:

  • Provides constant communication services and accesses sensitive law enforcement information for the department, other law enforcement agencies, or authorized personnel. 
  • Operates/monitors multiple radios, computers, and telecommunications equipment specific to the LSU Police Department. 
  • Uses surveillance camera system for LSU PD specific, campus-wide, and satellite locations to assist responding units.  

All applicants must possess a valid Louisiana driver’s license and must have attained their eighteenth birthday at 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.

NOTE: An offer of employment is contingent on passing a pre-employment background check, psychological test, and drug test.

Please search vacancy announcements and or apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU.

Please call 225-578-8200 for specific questions about available opportunities within the LSU Police Department.

The LSU SYSTEM IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/EQUAL ACCESS EMPLOYER.

The LSU Police Department serves Louisiana State University by providing effective and professional public safety services to the university community. At various times during the year, the Department seeks applicants who are interested in a career in law enforcement.

Communications Officer 1A-3A:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Must have attained eighteenth birthday at 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.
  • Will be required to possess a valid Louisiana driver’s license at time of appointment.
  • Will be required to complete a Basic Communication Dispatcher Course and a thorough Field Training period conducted by members of the LSU Police Department.  

Step 1: Entrance Exam

The 8500-OSE (Office Support Exam) is a pass/fail exam. Results are emailed within 72 hours of taking the exam. More information can be found at jobs.civilservice.louisiana.gov/TestInformation/TestingInformation.aspx.

Step 2: Job posted on LSU HRM website

Applicant must submit an application to HRM with a passing civil service exam score. Applicant can check LSU Human Resources website for job postings at lsu.edu/hrm/job_seekers.

Step 3: Oral Interview

Oral interview applicants will receive a phone call or email informing them of their scheduled date for appearance before an oral interview board.

Step 4: Background and Reference Check

A background investigation and Credit History Check will be conducted of all applicants. This phase does not require any action by the applicant. LSU Police Department staff will investigate each applicant’s criminal, driving, and credit history. The applicant’s former employers, neighbors and family may be interviewed. Each applicant must sign a waiver giving LSU Officers permission to conduct a background check and credit history check.

Step 5: Selection of Candidates

Upon completion of the applicant process, applicant information will be assembled in a candidate pool. This information will be reviewed for available positions by members of the selection board. Candidates will then be selected in a nondiscriminatory manner.

Step 6: Interviews of Applicant’s References

The applicant’s friends, family, employers, and neighbors may be visited and interview by LSU Police Department Officers in order to gather more information pertaining to the applicant.

Step 7: Conditional Offer of Employment

Selected applicants will be offered conditional employment pending final review by the Hiring Committee and successful completion of step 9.

Step 8: Medical Examination, Drug Test, Polygraph Examination, and Psychological Evaluation

Candidates will be required to report for a medical exam, drug test, polygraph examination, and a psychological evaluation by a licensed, contracted physician on our staff. 

Step 9: Final Offer of Employment

Selected applicants will be contacted with final offer of employment.

Step 10: Start of Employment

All applicants who accept the final offer of employment will receive information regarding the initiation of employment.

Salary

Communications C0 1 – Civil Service minimum    Hourly: $11.64 – $13.12     Annually: $24,211 – $27,289

Communications C0 2 – Civil Service minimum   Hourly: $12.45 – $16.15    Annually: $25,896 – $33,592

Communications C0 3 – Civil Service minimum   Hourly: $13.32 – $16.88   Annually: $27,706 – $35,110

Benefits

  • Visit lsu.edu/benefits for direct LSU employee benefits.
  • Communications Officers employed with the LSU Police Department participate in the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System (LASERS), which has an accrual rate of 2 1/2% per year of service. More information can be found on the LASERS website: https://lasersonline.org/.
  • Health, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Short/long term disability insurance
  • Tuition Exemption Program (up to 6 credit hours per semester)
  • 14 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Accrued annual leave and sick leave