Harbor Police Academy was created in 1974 and granted Police Officer
Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) accreditation as a certified basic
training academy for law enforcement officers. The Academy trains recruits
not only for the Harbor Police Department, but for the Orleans Levee Board,
Crescent City Connection, St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office, other Louisiana
sheriff’s departments and major university police departments.
The Harbor Police Academy is a 13 week P.O.S.T. Training Academy held at
Harbor Police Headquarters. The Academy includes an academic portion to
prepare recruits for the P.O.S.T. Test. Additional training requirements
include firearms, tactical police driving, defensive tactics, police baton
and PR-24 training, and physical fitness.
The Harbor Police Academy
Staff is made up of Harbor Police Instructors as well as instructors from
other Local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies.
The Academy staff is also
responsible for any in-service training needed by the department to ensure
all officers employed by the Harbor Police Department maintain their yearly
certifications. In-service training also includes updating officers in
revisions of laws as well as changes in police tactics.