Consider a Career with

LAPD Careers

Are you ready to transition from your job into a career that's dynamic, thrilling, and incredibly fulfilling?

LAPD Opportunities

If you are seeking a career change that's as exhilarating as it is rewarding, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has an exciting opportunity for you. The LAPD welcomes you to join our diverse and dedicated team and embark on a journey that promises purpose, adventure, and fulfillment. Discover how your skills, compassion, and commitment can make a significant impact in the LAPD family.

Rewarding Career

At LAPD, you'll continue to serve your community, just in a different capacity. Make a lasting difference in the lives of the community and contribute to the safety and well-being of Los Angeles.

Competitive Salary

LAPD offers a competitive salary starting at $86,192, with a guaranteed pay increase after 6 months.   LAPD provides many opportunities for advancement, promotion and financial growth.

Comprehensive Benefits

In addition to our competitive salary and benefits, LAPD has over 200 job assignments and flexible work schedules, with most officers working 3 or 4 days a week.

Work-Life Balance:

LAPD offers opportunities to serve in specialized units that are conducive to an improved work-life balance.

Your Skills Matter

You possess skills and traits that are highly transferable to a career in law enforcement.
Here are a few of the many examples of transferable skills and compatible assignments within the LAPD:


Teachers’ ability to assist individuals with acquiring knowledge and demonstrating competency is an asset in several LAPD instructor assignments:

  • Academy Instructor: Instruct recruit officers to ensure they are academically and physically prepared to graduate the academy and enter field training at a geographic division.
  • Field Training Officer (FTO) Program: Train probationary police officers on the practical application of law and the fundamentals of policing.
  • In-Service Training Instructor: Instruct sworn personnel on various Department policies, procedures, and best practices.
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Social Workers possess de-escalation and investigative skills critical to law enforcement encounters, particularly in assignments like:

  • Mental Evaluation Unit (MEU) Officer: Work closely with Department clinicians to evaluate persons experiencing mental health episodes that have resulted in emergency calls for service being generated.
  • Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Officer: Engage in relationship-based policing where police and community members, stakeholders, and organizations collaborate to improve quality of life issues, resolve disputes, reduce crime, offer wrap-around services, and bridge the gap between the police and the community.
  • Community Relations Officer (CRO): Instruct and prepare cadets for careers in law enforcement and community engagement.
  • Senior Lead Officer (SLO): Serve as patrol officers, problem solvers, mentors, leaders and community mobilizers.  SLOs monitor crime trends, liaise with community stakeholders, identify quality of life issues, and work in collaboration with their basic cars to develop crime reduction strategies and problem-solving techniques.
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Specialized medical training is incredibly useful in the role of a law enforcement first responder, especially given the proportion of calls for service involving individuals suffering from injuries resulting from criminal activity, traffic collisions, and accidents. Law enforcement often arrives at these scenes well before our fire department partners, making it critical for officers to be well-versed in first aid/CPR.

  • Patrol Officer: Provide first-aid/CPR at scenes with injured persons.
  • Collision Investigator: Investigate traffic collisions resulting in moderate, severe, or fatal injuries.
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Transform your career and become an LAPD officer where your skills and passion can shine in a non-traditional but deeply rewarding role. Start your application today and embark on a journey that promises personal growth, community impact, and a brighter future for Los Angeles. Join us in making a difference!

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How to Apply

Register to take the Multiple Choice Test, online or in-person.

Written Test

Ready to embark on this exciting journey?
Applying is easy: Visit to start your online application.

Utilize the CAP Program for Peak Performance

To help you get in the best shape of your life, LAPD offers the Candidate Advancement Program (CAP). This FREE program is designed to prepare you physically and mentally for the rigorous demands of law enforcement training. Whether you're aiming for top fitness or seeking support in building strength and stamina, CAP is your gateway to success.

Explore LAPD's Housing for Hires Program

As a testament to our commitment to your success, LAPD offers the Housing for Hires program. Say goodbye to the worries of relocation and settling into a new career. This unique program provides housing assistance to ease your transition, ensuring your focus remains on serving the community and achieving your career aspirations.