Step 4 – Polygraph Examination and Department Interview

In order to better prepare for the exam and the physical demands of the academy, you are required to complete the Physical Fitness Qualifier (PFQ). You must complete the PFQ at least once no more than one year prior to appointment. You are encouraged to take it as many times as you like. If you are struggling to improve your PFQ performance then you can attend CAP to get tips and training from our recruitment officers.

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 recruit officers take the third day of the Police Academy.

The Academy Physical Training Program  is intense and demanding, the first physical fitness test occurs during the first week of the Academy. It is critical that candidates don't wait until they are in the Academy to get into good physical shape. It is recommended to begin a physical conditioning program as soon as you apply.

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

The Department Interview will be conducted by a panel to assess your personal accomplishments, job motivation, community involvement/awareness, problem solving skills, interpersonal skills, and oral communication skills. Only those candidates who pass this part of the process will receive a Conditional Job Offer.

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, Wednesdays 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.