Did you know that the Los Angeles Police Department has a dedicated group of mentors that are actual Police Officers? Your mentors are available Monday - Thursday from 6:00 am - 5:00 pm. Mentors may additionally be available on Fridays, weekends and after business hours to help you succeed by:


►   Providing info about recruitment events where your specific issues may be addressed

►   Assisting in filling out documentation and preparing for test parts

►   Helping you prepare for the Police Academy

►   Providing information regarding what to expect as an LAPD Police Officer

►   Answering any additional questions you may have


Introducing...the people that know best!

Our mentors help guide candidates through the LAPD hiring process...they've been all over LAPD and seen it all. Read their sections to find out a little more about them.

Officer Patterson, MentorOfficer Patterson

Originally from Lexington Mississippi, but raised in the Los Angeles area, Officer Patterson has been on the job for 8 years. Her experiences include patrol in Central Division where she patrolled the Skid Row area, A Jailor in 77th Jail Division, A Collision Investigator in South Traffic Division, and an Auditor at South Traffic for CIFU Unit. Patterson enjoys educating the public on traffic safety and speaking with the youth about their decision making as young adults and the impact it has on their future.  Before becoming a Los Angeles Police Officer, Patterson was a school bus driver for six years. She loves to see people win in life and overcome obstacles they thought were impossible. Patterson’s outside hobbies include event planning and spending time with her family.

Mentors are assigned based on the candidate's last name.
Officer Patterson: FEMALE CANDIDATES: A through L
213.473.3493 or via email at




Mentor Officer SukOfficer Suk

Originally from the Los Angeles area, Officer Suk has 13 years on the job. His experiences include patrol in Van Nuys and Olympic Divisions, Collision Investigation in South Bureau, Narcotics Investigation, Community Relations, Use of Force Review, and is currently on the patrol rifle cadre. He is a US Army veteran and was deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003 to 2005. He developed a love for serving and helping people at a young age while working at the Koreatown Youth and Community Center. He joined LAPD because he was drawn to the noble idea of protecting the innocent, defending the weak, and bringing peace to disorder. His favorite assignment was Narcotics Enforcement Detail where he worked undercover in a tight-knit team that investigated and arrested drug dealers. He treasures the camaraderie and life-long friendships that were built throughout his career. He still remembers the help and guidance that he received from officers while undergoing his hiring process and wants to provide the same help to others who are interested in becoming an LAPD officer. His God and family are the most important priorities his life. He loves spending time with his wife and two children, and volunteers regularly at church. He has an interest in the film industry and produces videos for Recruitment Division. Aaron Sorkin is his favorite screenwriter and his all-time favorite movie is “A Few Good Men." 

Mentors are assigned based on the candidate's last name.
Officer Suk: MALE CANDIDATES: L through Q​
213.473.3492 or via email at



Officer Johnson

Officer Johnson was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Virginia.  He served in the Marine Corps 12 years and was assigned a highly coveted position at the American Embassies in Warsaw, Poland and Manama, Bahrain.  He is a combat veteran and served in OIF II (Operation Iraqi Freedom) in Al Asad Iraq.  

Officer Johnson has been on the job for 12 years.  Worked Central Division and the Valley (North Hollywood).  He has worked Narcotics for Central Bureau (Chase Team), Safer City Initiative and currently is assigned to the Recruitment Division.  In Recruitment Division he has worked various sections including:  Backgrounds, Military and College Recruitment, and currently works in the Mentor section.  He enjoys being part of the molding process for the Los Angeles Police Department, rich in tradition and held in high regard for it's training and tactics.

 Officer Johnson encourages candidates in the hiring process and informs them of all the opportunities offered to those seeking employment with the world's finest.  Aside from mentoring candidates, Officer Johnson has worked with at risk children in South Los Angeles, creating an after school program to keep kids off the streets and out of gangs.  He enjoys music production in his recording studio and photography, as well as traveling the globe. 

Mentors are assigned based on the candidate's last name.
Officer Johnson: MALE CANDIDATES: A through E​

213.473.3481 or via email at



Officer Gourdine

Originally from the Los Angeles area, Officer Gourdine has spent over 18 years on the force. Some of his experiences have included patrol time in the Harbor Division, narcotic and vice detail, detective work focusing on auto-detail, CRASH - gang detail, and the kids and cops program. One of his favorite assignments was serving a search warrant, from a helicopter, on stolen cars that were in somebody's backyard. He says his time in the Harbor Division was great because of the weather and the area is really nice in general. He recommends that candidates should go on a ride-along to see what the job is really like. For candidates that think this job is too dangerous, he says that radio and report writing are 80% of the work. He feels that he deeply connects to candidates going through the process and wants them to succeed, considering himself a "candidate advocate." Even though he never shot a gun before the academy, he says he breezed through it since he was right out of college and used to running long distances. He was a big fan of the movie "42" - about Jackie Robinson, loves landscaping (his side business) and his favorite food is soul-food.

Mentors are assigned based on the candidate's last name.
Officer Gourdine: MALE CANDIDATES: F through K​
213.473.3495 or via email at



Officer Miller

Officer Miller

Originally from South Los Angeles, Officer Miller came to the LAPD after spending 6 years with the airport police, and has now been on the force for over 16 years. Some of his experiences have included patrol time in West LA and the Southwest division, mentoring at-risk youth in the Jeopardy program, and playing on the LAPD basketball team. He holds a Criminal Justice degree, since he knew in college that he wanted to be a part of law enforcement. He enjoys watching both UCLA basketball and USC football. He's also a big fan of Mexican food and Batman (he really enjoyed the Dark Knight). He says perseverance and compassion is key in all areas of law enforcement. Officer Miller really believes in mentoring our youth and even mentors young basketball players in his spare time. While playing Forward/Center for the LAPD basketball team, he has competed against other police teams in many different countries and experienced many different cultures. He really enjoys the positive impact he can have on others through his work at the police department.

Mentors are assigned based on the candidate's last name.
Officer Miller: MALE CANDIDATES: R through Z
213.473.0146 or via email at




Officer Howell

Officer Howell

Originally from the Los Angeles area, Officer Howell has spent over 23 years on the force. Some of her experiences have included patrol time in Wilshire (where she grew up), vice detail, and the D.A.R.E. program. She says patrol was great because she had a wonderful partner and was able to use the relationships she had built up in the community. When she joined she was actually a licensed cosmetologist, but after watching the tv series 21 Jump Street, she knew she wanted to be a cop. Initially, her family was against it, but in the end her family supported her and was extremely proud when she got hired. She says the Candidate Assistance Program really helped her through the process because she needed to lose weight and it really helped her get in shape. Dealing with a lot of candidates that get held up in the medical portion of the screening process, she sends candidates to a nutritionist and has seen some candidates lose over 35 pounds! She really gets excited for candidates who take control of their issues and persevere. Some of her likes include shopping (she's an avid coupon clipper), pizza (she loves Victor Jr's in Culver City), Tyler Perry movies, and Redondo Beach. Her toughest call on patrol was restraining a 4'11" 90lb Olympic gymnast.

Mentors are assigned based on the candidate's last name.
Officer Howell: FEMALE CANDIDATES: M through Z

213.473.3486 or via email at