NOPD recruit class 179 began their training on 12/28/2016 adding another 10 officers to NOPD’s force.

Class 179 is the 12th class since the start of 2012. Those classes have averaged 30.4 recruits who begin training and a 12.7 percent attrition rate which is slightly higher than NOPD’s roughly 9 percent attrition rate over that time. Here’s how the classes have broken out:

Start End Class Recruits Graduates Attrition
Feb-12 Aug-12 168 31 29 6.5%
Nov-13 May-14 169 29 23 20.7%
May-14 Dec-14 170 30 27 10%
Sep-14 Apr-15 171 32 27 15.6%
Jan-15 Sep-15 172 30 29 3.3%
Jun-15 Dec-15 173 33 29 12.1%
Oct-15 Apr-16 174 32 28 12.5%
Dec-15 Jul-16 175 34 26 23.5%
May-16 Nov-16 176 39 35 10.3%
Jul-16 Jan-17 177 32 29 10%
Oct-16 Apr-17 178 33 28  15.2%
Dec-16 Jul-17 179  10  

Note that only two NOPD classes have been able to run at the same time although a third simultaneous class “started” in December 2015 & 2016. These classes officially started in December likely as an effort to achieve one extra class in the calendar year. Their official training lasted longer than other classes suggesting real training did not begin until January. NOPD began training roughly 114 recruits in 2016, graduated about 90 new officers added and will grow the force by roughly 10-15 officers.

The department will need to increase the number of classes it is able to run concurrently or dramatically increase the average number of recruits per class in order to grow the department in a reasonable amount of time.