If you are selected for the LAPD, you will be sent to the world famous LAPD Academy for six months of training. Training is rigorous, demanding and exhausting. It is also a rewarding life-changing experience. New officers learn how much they are capable of by succeeding at seemingly impossible challenges, both physical and mental.

Training is free and Officers are paid their full starting salary beginning the first day of training.

Much of the training occurs in the classroom. Officers learn law, human relations, Spanish and report writing. Officers are also trained in tactics, firearms and driving. Physical fitness and self-defense training plays a big part in the Academy. In fact, the physical fitness part of the program is so demanding that recruits are encouraged to start a training regimen before entering the Academy. The best place to start your new physical fitness regimen is at our Candidate Advancement Program.


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The LAPD Police Academy Curriculum:


Encompasses arrest and booking procedures, preliminary investigation techniques, radio and communications, report writing, traffic investigation, and traffic enforcement.


Includes the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course, which covers defensive driving, pursuit policy, and safe vehicle handling.

Firearms Training 

Includes weapon care and safety, marksmanship, tactical manipulation with the sidearm and shotgun, and chemical agents handling (Police candidates are strongly discouraged from seeking firearms instruction prior to entering the Police Academy. Poor marksmanship habits may be developed that are difficult or impossible to overcome.).

Human Relations 

Includes cultural sensitivity training, sexual harassment issues, media relations, stress management, disability awareness, community relations, tactical communications, hate crimes, missing persons, and domestic violence.


Covers search and seizure, evidence, laws of arrest, crimes against persons and property, sex crimes, crimes against children, and other general criminal statutes falling under the California Penal Code, Los Angeles Municipal Code, Welfare and Institutions Code, and Federal Laws.

Physical Training 

Builds strength and endurance through physical conditioning while promoting a positive attitude toward a fitness lifestyle. It also encompasses training in physical arrest techniques, controls, and weaponless defense.


Covers patrol techniques and procedures, crimes in progress, building searches, vehicle stops, use of deadly force, and shooting policy.

LAPD Specific Training 

Includes Advanced Tactical Training, Mobile Field Force Tactics, Patrol Ride-Along, Mobile Digital Computer (in-car computer) Training, Alcohol Abuse, Administration of Discipline, Cultural Diversity, K-9 Operations, Air Support Operations, Bomb Squad, Community Policing and Problem Solving, Spanish Language, Civil Liabilities, and Sexual Harassment Training.



Get with the Program! – The Candidate Advancement Program

Among the most difficult challenges faced by Police Officer recruits are the physical requirements of the Police Academy.  To assist you in this area, the Los Angeles Police Department offers the Candidate Assistance Program (CAP) to help you get physically fit and accustomed to the training style you will encounter at the academy.

In order to receive credit for attending CAP, candidates are required to register on
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Select the location and date you would like to attend and complete the registration process.

We strongly encourage all LAPD candidates to take advantage of this FREE program.

  • Get a head start on getting in the best shape of your life.
  • Get accustomed to the training style you’ll encounter at the Academy
  • Get information on what to expect at the Academy
  • Get to know the LAPD officers who conduct the program and who will provide information, support, and encouragement.
  • Network with other candidates who will have helpful information and who will provide the support and encouragement to achieve things you may not have considered possible.

COVID19 Response

Candidate Advancement Program (CAP)

  • Cancelled until further notice

  • CAP & Women’s CAP  

  • Further cancellations possible


Mondays & Wednesdays 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

Saturdays 7:30 am to 10:30 am

Ahmanson Recruit Training Center
5651 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

LAPD Academy at Elysian Park
1880 N. Academy Road (near Dodger Stadium), Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tuesdays 5:00 am

Elysian Park Morning CAP
1880 Academy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

LA Mission College
13356 Eldridge Ave.
Sylmar, CA 91342
CAP Meeting Location:
Regular workout sessions meet on fourth level of Mission College’s parking structure.

Thursdays 5:00 am

LA Southwest College Morning CAP
1600 W. Imperial Hwy, Los Angeles, CA 90047
Meet on the football field

FREE OF CHARGE. Participants must be in the LAPD hiring process.
Participants need to arrive wearing workout gear and appropriate running shoes.  Schedule subject to change.  Classes not held on holidays or holiday weekends.

COVID19 Response

PFQ is back! 

  • Please note that PFQ's are by appointment only.

  • Currently, candidates must schedule themselves for an appointment over the phone by calling (213) 473-3450 to reserve a date and time.


Get LAPD ready now!

The first week of every month, each Candidate Advancement Program (CAP) location conducts the Physical Fitness Qualifier (PFQ).  

The PFQ consists of four events:

1) Maximum sit-ups in one minute
2) 300-meter sprint
3) Maximum push-ups in one minute, and
4) 1.5 mile-run. This is the same physical fitness test that academy recruits take the third day of the police academy.

This is the same physical fitness test that academy recruits take the third day of the Police Academy. You will receive your advisory score at the end of the PFQ.  This helps track your progress and assess your physical fitness before entering the LAPD Academy.

PFQ Test

Offered at the following locations:

Ahmanson Recruit Training Center

5651 W. Manchester Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Mon. & Wed. 6PM – 9PM, Sat. 7:30AM – 10:30AM


LAPD Police Academy

1880 Academy Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tues. & Thurs. 6PM – 9PM

LA Mission College

Meet at the Health Fitness and Athletics Building located at:
12890 Harding Street
Sylmar, CA 91342
Tues. & Thurs. 6PM – 9PM

Please note classes are not held on holidays, holiday weekends, or rainy days.

For More information regarding CAP and the PFQ, refer to the LAPD CAP Manual