Flexible Special Entrance Rates for University Police

Authority: Student Affairs
Date Enacted or Revised: Revised November 30, 2012; October 2015; March 16, 2022


The purpose of this policy is to provide University Police with an effective recruiting/hiring tool that will attract a more qualified pool of applicants for patrol officer positions. Lack of adequate applicant pools and research of current regional law enforcement market hiring rates indicate that this special pay mechanism is required and justified for police officers who are post certified or completing the post certification process and perform patrol duties.

This policy is written in accordance with authority granted under Civil Service Rule 6.5(b) and requires civil service director approval prior to implementation.


Following the effective date of this policy, all persons hired/reassigned/promoted into one of the applicable titles below will be paid the flexible special entrance rate listed for the title.

The chief of police is responsible for researching current law enforcement hiring rates in the parish area that are relevant to the flexible special entrance rates currently in force. The chief of police makes recommendations for change to Senior Staff for approval. The director of human resources and student employment submits recommendations to the director of civil service and must receive approval for new flexible special entrance rates prior to implementation at the University.

The flexible special entrance rates, upon entry into a qualified position whether through hire/reassignment/promotion, are currently set at:

  • Police Officer 2-A: $14.19 per hour
  • Police Sergeant-A: $17.39 per hour
  • Police Lieutenant-A: $17.39 per hour


Flexible special entrance rates are specified in recruitment advertisements for position vacancies and in the letter of offer.

This policy is distributed via the University Policies webpage and posted in the Office of Human Resources and Student Employment for public view.