City Archives
New Orleans Public Library
New Orleans (La.) Police Dept.
Rosters, ca. 1882-1946

These six volumes together form a roster of the employees of the New Orleans Police Department from its beginnings in 1882 through the year 1946. It appears that NOPD officials from time to time ordered that information about active employees from the current book be copied into a new book. There is, therefore, considerable overlap in names and information from one volume to the next.

The rosters include all or part of the following information:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Height
  • Complexion
  • Nationality
  • Occupation (before joining the Department)
  • Marital Status
  • Grade (within the Department)
  • Date Appointed and Assigned
  • Date(s) of Transfer(s)
  • Date(s) of Promotion or Reduction
  • Date of death, resignation, or dismissal
  • Cause

The first three volumes are headed "Alphabetical Force Book." Volume 1 appears to have been copied from an earlier book in 1908; it includes data for the period ca. 1889-1914. Volume 2 includes data for the period ca. 1882-1896; it may be the original volume from which volume 1 was copied. Volume 3 covers the period ca. 1889-1929; it was copied, probably from volume 1, in 1915. Volume 4 includes data for the period ca. 1906-1946, letters "A"-"L" only; it appears to have been copied, probably from volu me 3, in 1932. Volume 6 appears to be the "M"-"Z" counterpart of volume 4. Volume 5 may have been copied from volume 6 (it covers "M"-"Z" only) in ca. 1942., but it has no data beyond the year 1946. The "A"-"L" counterpart of volume 5 is not among the records in the Cit y Archives.


Vol. 1: ca. 1889-1914 (A-Z)
Vol. 2: ca. 1882-1896 (A-Z)
Vol. 3: ca. 1889-1929 (A-Z)
Vol. 4: ca. 1906-1946 (A-L)
Vol. 5: ca. 1906-1946 (M-Z)
Vol. 6: ca. 1906-1946 (M-Z)

The manuscript volumes are available on 3 rolls of 35 mm microfilm, filed under call number TP430.

PLEASE NOTE: These records are available for in-house use only. We do not provide by-mail look-ups in these records.

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