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 daunting 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, with Problem Solving Skills, interpersonal skills, community involvement/awareness, 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. If you prefer to waive the waiting period, contact your LAPD Advisor at 213-473-3450.

Candidates should schedule their PFQ.

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.

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 

Vaccination Mandate within City facilities.  Patrons entering a City facility must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours.

Click here for our helpful Oral Prep video.

Oral Prep Sample Questions:

Why do you want to be an LAPD Police Officer?

  • Give sincere and sensible answer.  It is okay to mention stability, benefits, and flexible work schedule as long as that’s not the sole purpose.

  • Know why the LAPD exists. (Mission, Core Values)


What have you done to prepare for this career?

  • Think back to childhood, any volunteer work, church work, education, work, military, and life experience.  Highlight your relevant experience, goals and aspirations in line with what a Police Officer’s duties are. Showcase why you are the best person for the job. 


Tell us about a conflict you had with someone and how did you handle it (example:  neighbor, school, job; other than family)

  • Consider situations in past jobs that involved disagreements.  A miscommunication with a coworker may have angered you because it led to a negative review from your supervisor.

  • Identify the conflict, what did you do to resolve the conflict, and what was the outcome?

What do you feel would be the most difficult or challenging task/situation as an LAPD officer?

Think about everything a police officer will have to deal with.

Have you ever been given constructive criticism where it affected your performance?

  • Positive or negative.  How did you respond?



  • 1-2 MINUTES.  Develop a good last impression.  Develop a concise summary of your strengths and why you are the right person for the job.​

  • Be courteous and thank the board for the opportunity to interview.

  • Prepare for the Department Interview by attending Oral Prep.


Oral Prep Seminar, Mondays at 10 am
Pre-Register on Eventbrite at, to receive the Zoom link in your email.
Attendance is limited to 25, pre-register asap to ensure a spot!

  • 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 an Advisor.