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.


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
Mar 21 • Apr 11 • May 16 • June 13​

  • 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