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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
CANDIDATE ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM (CAP)
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.
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.
Effective 11/8/21, Police Officer Candidates attending indoor in-person tests will need to provide proof of Vaccination.
Types of Acceptable Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (White Card) - front and back
- California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Digital Vaccination Record
People who were vaccinated in California can get a free digital COVID-19 Vaccination Record at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov
Vaccination Mandate within City facilities. Patrons entering a City facility must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours.
CAP is back!
Candidate Advancement Program (CAP)
FREE OF CHARGE. Participants must have PASSED the LAPD MC test.
CAP Candidate attendees must receive a PHS PASSING score to attend the CAP program.
Space is limited to 50, due to COVID guidelines.
Mondays & Wednesdays 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Ahmanson Recruit Training Center
Saturdays 7:30 am to 10:30 am
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 and Thursdays 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Devonshire Police station
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10250 Etiwanda Ave, Northridge, CA 91324
Phone: (818) 832-0633
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 are not held on holidays or holiday weekends.
Women's CAP is back!
It will be offered every other Saturday from 7:30 am - 10:30 am.
Pre-Register on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/
Women's CAP will be open to all women who would like to participate. You do not have to be an LAPD candidate.
PFQ is back!
Please note that PFQ's are by appointment only.
The Physical Fitness Qualifier (PFQ) takes place during the first 7 calendar days of each month. Please self-schedule on your myPD candidate portal or contact a Recruitment Officer at 213-473-3450 for scheduling assistance. Candidate Advancement Program registration is unavailable during the first 7 calendar days of each month, as it is reserved for PFQ appointments. Candidates are encouraged to take the PFQ every month to see improvement and work on building a better score.
PHYSICAL FITNESS QUALIFIER (PFQ)
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.
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