Los Angeles Police Department has a dedicated group of mentors that are experienced Police Officers that are here to help you through the selection process. Mentors are available Monday - Thursday from 6:00 am - 5:00 pm. Mentors will provide you with guidance regarding:
► Info about recruitment events
► Assistance with filling out documentation and preparing for test parts
► Help with preparing for the Police Academy
► Information regarding what to expect as an LAPD Police Officer
► Any additional questions you may have
Read the bios below to get to know our Mentor Officers.
Originally from Los Angeles, Officer Gourdine has spent over 18 years on the force. Some of his experience includes patrol in Harbor Division, narcotic and vice detail, detective work focusing on auto-detail, CRASH - gang detail, and the Kids and Cops Program. One of his fondest memories of his time on the force was serving a search warrant, from a helicopter, on stolen cars found in a suspects backyard. He especially enjoyed his time at Harbor Division because of the great weather. He recommends that candidates go on a ride-along to experience 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. Considering himself a candidate advocate, he deeply connects to candidates going through the process and wants them to succeed. Despite the fact that he never shot a gun before the academy, he was able to master the craft, and breezed through thanks to his experience running long distances in college. He is a big fan of the movie "42" - about Jackie Robinson, loves landscaping, and enjoys soul-food.
213.473.3495 or via email at email@example.com
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 in West LA and the Southwest division, mentoring at-risk youth in the Jeopardy program, and playing on the LAPD basketball team. Officer Miller knew from an early age that he was interested in a career in law enforcement, and persued a degree in Criminal Justice to reach that goal. He enjoys watching 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 believes in mentoring our youth and 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 enjoys learning about different cultures. He finds gratification in the positive impact he has on others through his work in the Recruitment Division.
213.473.0146 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Officer Kim Gipson
Officer Kim Gipson has over 12 years on the job. She was born and raised in Los Angeles where she attended high school and college. She played professional basketball overseas in China and Spain. She is second generation LAPD as her Father worked 32 years for the LAPD and retired as the rank of Detective in 2012. Her mother was a civilian employee for the LAPD in the early 1980's well as her step-mother who retired as a Lieutenant in 2016. Officer Gipson has worked a variety of assignments including patrol, traffic, juvenile, detective trainee, academy instructor, and LAPD Recruitment Mentor. One of the things she enjoys doing is mentoring. She has stayed connected to her alma mater, and mentored young students athletes through college. She also mentors high school students who have an interest in pursuing law enforcement. She is a Big Sister with the Big Brother Big Sister Los Angeles program
213.473.3481 or via email at email@example.com
Officer Jamie Carganilla
Originally from Los Angeles, Officer Carganilla has spent 9 years with the LAPD. She has experience working patrol in various divisions, as well as working with the community as a Youth Service Officer for Topanga Division’s at risk youth. She is currently assigned as a Candidate Mentor in Recruitment and Employment Division, and it has been her most fulfilling assignment yet! Prior to becoming a police officer, she was a professional singer and actor. She worked in Broadway shows, as well as film and television. She currently works for Disney in her spare time—most recently portraying the voice of Ariel and Princess Elena. She loves being a police officer, and wants candidates to know that this is truly a special job, and can be what you want it to be. There is no mold or singular “type” of person that is right for this job. LAPD needs diverse and interesting people. She says the hardest part of the police academy for her was running, which is why she stresses the importance of attending CAP. She enjoys cooking, snowboarding, reading, and her favorite food is sushi.
213.473.3492 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org