Step 6 – Field Investigation

The Field Investigation includes checks of employment, police, financial, education, and military records and interviews with family members, neighbors, supervisors, co-workers, and friends. The investigation may take from 60 to 180 days to complete. You will be evaluated on your past behavior and the extent to which your behavior demonstrates positive traits that support your candidacy for Police Officer. The findings of the background investigation are valid for 12 months.

NOTE: It is of upmost importance that candidates use this time to prepare physically for the rigors of the Academy. It is strongly recommended for candidates to use the CAP program to achieve the proper fitness level for success.

  • 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