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Recruiting & Hiring

Recruiting & Hiring

Make A Career At Your University Police

MSUPD cruiser
Recruiting for Police Officer, Dispatcher and Police Sergeant occur as openings become available. We’re not recruiting for the average, we are recruiting mature individuals who are self-motivated, service-oriented and place helping on par with enforcement.
C-Cert TrainingCurrently patrol officers work 12-hour shifts (8 hour shifts are being considered), we invest in our staff in basic training as well as Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training, active shooter response, crime prevention, Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) certification and 105 hrs of Sexual Assault Response and Investigation.
MSU-PD is positioning itself to begin the Self-Assessment Phase of law enforcement accreditation by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). The staff is committed to building partnerships working with the Student Government Association (SGA), faculty, staff and helping agencies to maximize our effectiveness and service.

All police positions require an applicant to create their job application through the State of Louisiana Civil Service Commission web site. Police Officer and Sergeant positions also require an applicant to take the State of Louisiana LEAPS Civil Service Test. You should immediately take this test to get a qualifying score on-file with the state. Visit the State Civil Service web site for testing dates/locations. This test score must be on-file when you apply with MSU-PD.
You can check for job openings via McNeese State University Human Resources.
We Value:
  • Diversity in our workforce.
  • Prior military service with progressive responsibility and life experience.
  • Current certification as a police officer.
  • Police Officer 2 applicants must have a minimum of 30 semester credits at the time of application or have 1 year of sworn police experience (arrest authority).


Once an applicant has a state civil service test score on-file and has submitted a thorough and complete job application on-line the State Civil Service Commission will score and push a list of successful applicants to the McNeese State Police. This group of candidates are screened against the position requirements. The University Police then put applicants through the following hiring steps:

1.  A structured oral board.
2.  Written test to validate a candidate can read, write and complete 12 th grade math.
3.  Written essay questions.
4.  A 5-minute presentation supported by a PowerPoint presentation may be required of some positions.

Each of these tests have a minimum passing score that if not achieved will disqualify the candidate. Additional exams will include:

a.  Background investigation.
b.  Fingerprinting.
c.  Polygraph or Voice Stress Analyser (VSA) examination.
d.  Police Psychological Evaluation by a licensed psychologist.
e.  Drug screen.
f.   Medical examination.
g.  Physical ability testing (PAT) is required for police officer recruits prior to the beginning of the police academy. Lateral police officer applicants may have the PAT waived.