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Revived academy to train reserve officers, volunteer helpers

February 5, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The police department in New Orleans is bringing back an academy to train reserve police officers.

The department says in a Monday news release that it’s relaunching the Reserve Police Academy after a 15-year hiatus. The academy will train applicants to become full-fledged reserve officers who will receive an annual uniform allowance, will be able to make traffic stops and work details.

It also will train “level two” reservists who can wear a uniform but are not allowed to work without a fully trained officer. And, there’s also a third level of non-commissioned civilian volunteer reservists who help police with barricades and “citizen support” during major events such as Mardi Gras.

The department is inviting those interested to apply at JoinNOPD.org .