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.


Officer Embry, Mentor




Officer Embry:

213 473-3483​ or via email at








Officer Gourdine

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




Officer Parra

213.473.3492 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 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.

Officer Miller: MALE CANDIDATES: R through Z
213.473.0146 or via email at




Officer 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


Officer Howell Officer Howell

Originally from Los Angeles, Officer Howell has spent over 23 years on the force. Some of her experiences have included patrol 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 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. The Candidate Advancement Program helped her through the process because she needed to lose weight and it 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 iterest 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 

213.473.3486 or via email at