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, 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. If you prefer to waive the waiting period, contact your LAPD Mentor at 213-473-3450.

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

COVID19 Response

• Oral Prep Seminars Cancelled through June 30
• Further cancellations possible 

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

Personnel Building, 700 East Temple Street

Check in at the lobby 

Every Monday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (except Holidays)

Every Second Thursday 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Saturdays at 11:30 am on the dates listed below

  • 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