Lake Charles Police Officer
Basic Requirements
To be eligible to be a Police Officer you must:
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Possess a High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Pass a written examination
  • Pass a physical agility test
  • Pass an oral interview
  • Possess a current, valid Louisiana Driver's License with a safe driving record
  • Pass a background investigation into character and previous job history
  • Pass a physical examination which includes a drug screen
  • Live within the city limits of Lake Charles upon employment
  • Be psychologically and emotionally sound


In return for your service and dedication, we offer the following benefits:

  • Annual base pay of approximately $36,091
  • Eligible for 25-year retirement
  • Working on a holiday earns double time and a half
  • After one year of service, new officers are entitled to 120 hours of paid vacation
  • Police officers are immediately entitled to funeral leave, sick leave and family sick leave
  • Life and health insurance paid for by the City; family coverage can be paid for by the employee
  • Employees receive yearly longevity increase in pay after 3 years
  • Ongoing law enforcement training to help officers excel at their job
  • The Lake Charles Police Department furnishes all uniforms, firearms, leather and shoes to its Police Officers.

For an application, contact the City of Lake Charles Police Department Recruiting Division at 491-1311 or the Human Resources Department at 337-491-1266.