Step 4 – Polygraph Examination and Department Interview

The Polygraph Examination is conducted to confirm information obtained during the selection process.

Plain talk about this test part: For some, this is the most frightening part of the process. Relax, be yourself, and tell the truth.

The Department Interview will be conducted by a panel to assess your personal accomplishments, job motivation, instrumentality, interpersonal skills, continuous learning orientation, and oral communication skills. Only those candidates who pass this part of the process will receive a Conditional Job Offer. If you fail, you may retake the Department Interview after 3 months.

NOTE: Please bring your Fitness Logs to your Department Interview, as it will be considered in your evaluation.


Prepare for the Department Interview by attending the Oral Prep.

Oral Prep is 2nd Thursdays from 6-7:30 PM
Personnel Department Building
700 E. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012


  • The Los Angeles Police Department has a dedicated group of mentors that are actual Police Officers. For information and tips on how to prepare for the LAPD hiring process,Contact a Mentor