A: Visit joinLAPD.com and click on the Apply Now button at the top of the screen. Fill out the Online Application. Print the Online Application and take it with you to the Written Test. Click here for dates and times.
A: No, but it will help you to become familiar with the City.
A: Los Angeles Police Department is looking for individuals that demonstrate positive personal and professional growth and consistent adherence to the law. Click here to learn more.
A. If you score less than a 50 on the PFQ, you are strongly encouraged to attend CAP more regularly and retake the PFQ. Most candidates who score over 70 on the PFQ significantly increase their chances of success in the selection process and in the academy.
A. The PAT is valid for one year, if you are appointed before your PAT expires, you will not have to take the PFQ.
A. It is to be determined on a case-by-case basis, and it depends on how many and how recently the tickets were issued. The reason for the ticket is also taken into consideration, in particular, moving violations.
A. You are required to wear a uniform unless you are in an administrative position or doing undercover work.
A. It depends on the nature of the tattoo(s). Candidates with tattoos are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Candidates with tattoos who are subsequently hired must ensure that the tattoos are not visible to the public while on-duty
A. Yes. Your start earning salary and benefits from your first day at the academy!
A: It is not a live in academy. Instruction is generally Monday - Friday, 6:30 AM - 3:00 PM, with study time thereafter. You will have weekends and holidays off.
A: You must complete a minimum of one-year (12 months) field probation.
A: Contact one of the twenty-one divisions (Click here).
A: Yes, LAPD candidates are given the option of participating in a fast-track testing process.
A: It varies. If there are no deferrals or unforeseen delays, you may be hired within four months. The process is candidate driven (for the most part), so do your best to prepare and get through each portion.
A: There is no cost for the application or for any test portion.
A: It is to be determined on a case-by-case basis, and the economic downturn is taken into consideration. Your financial status is considered from a risk-management perspective. Making responsible fiscal choices and living within your means are examples of maturity and discipline, which may make you less susceptible to impropriety on the job.
A: No. A regular test is administered at a city facility test location at a fixed date and time. A pocket test is the same written test administered by a Recruitment Officer at a location other than a regular test location, usually after a presentation, special event, or at a venue far away from the regular test sites.
A: Yes. Once appointed to an LAPD academy class, candidates will be required to complete a drug test using a hair sample approximately three weeks prior to the Academy start date. The hair sample process involves the nurse cutting off approximately 1 inch width of hair which is sent to a special lab that tests hair for different drugs. If the candidate has a shaved head then hair may need to be collected from the arms or legs.
A: Pursuant to City of Los Angeles Ordinance No. 187219, you must bring verification of your full COVID-19 vaccination status, or evidence of a negative COVID-19 test you have taken within 72 hours prior to your scheduled test date and time to enter a City facility. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to test.
Please note the following:
A: Please review Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, which states that candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive an exemption and report their vaccination status prior to appointment by the Los Angeles Police Department. The ordinance is available at https://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2021/21-0921_ord_187134_8-24-21.pdf
A: You will have an opportunity to indicate whether or not you would like to request an exemption on your initial myPD.joinlapd.com application. If you have already submitted an application and would like to request an exemption then you can contact the Public Safety Division at (213) 473-9060.
A: Please note that the exemption request will be reviewed upon the receipt of the required documents. If the exemption request is granted it will only ensure an interactive process with the hiring authority. It is possible that the requested exemption may not meet the requirements of the position pertaining to working in the field, and if so, positions in the field may not be available. If no Police Officer position is available the City will assist you with identifying other positions that you may qualify for. The approval of the exemption request does not guarantee that you will be allowed to move forward to the field investigation stage for Police Officer. If you have already received a conditional job offer (CJO) or have been placed on the certification list, the approval of an exemption request does not guarantee that you will be allowed to move forward in the hiring process.