A Great Place for a Career
Seal of the City of Los Angeles

OPEN DATE:   07/01/1988
CLOSE DATE: Continuous



$46,583 to $78,154 (effective September 1, 2011)

A starting salary above the minimum may be available based on education, military experience, and/or law enforcement experience.


As a sworn member of the Los Angeles Police Department, a Police Officer maintains order, enforces laws and ordinances, and protects life and property; issues citations, makes arrests, prepares reports, and provides information to the public and departmental units; works with neighborhood associations and community members as a planner, community organizer, problem solver and information link; and does related work.

  1. 21 years of age at the time of hire. However, you may take the written test if you are at least 20 ½ on the written test date.
  2. Graduation from a U.S. high school, G.E.D. or equivalent from a U.S. institution, or a California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) certificate is required. A two or four year college degree from an accredited U.S. or foreign institution may be substituted for the high school requirements. Documentation demonstrating that the institution is accredited must be submitted prior to taking the written test.
  3. United States citizenship, or non-citizens must be permanent resident aliens who, in accordance with the requirements of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), are eligible and have applied for citizenship. Documentation that the USCIS accepted the candidate’s application for citizenship prior to the written test date must be submitted during the selection process.
POST-Certified Candidates May:
Be selectively certified (considered for hire prior to other candidates due to their advanced training).
A POST qualified candidate for this examination must have completed a POST-certified Basic Police Academy within the last three years.
If you meet this criterion, submit a copy of your certificate of completion of a POST-certified Basic Police Academy or your Basic Certificate issued by POST to Room 150 of the Personnel Department Building (address below).

Candidates who do not meet this criterion may be considered for hire based upon their rank on the eligible list, and if appointed, will receive POST training.


THE SELECTION PROCESS IS STARTED by completing a Public Safety Online Application, Preliminary Background Application and a Job Preview Questionnaire available at and bringing results of the Preliminary Background Application and the Job Preview Questionnaire with you to the written test site. Written test sessions are offered five times each week. Testing is held at the following locations (no testing on major holidays):

  • Personnel Building
    700 East Temple Street - Room 115-B, Los Angeles 90012
    Every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. and Every Saturday at 8:00 a.m., (213) 473-9311 TDD (213) 473-9312
  • Constituent Service Center
    8475 South Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles 90044
    1st Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
  • Marvin Braude Constituent Center
    6262 Van Nuys Boulevard - Conf. Room 1-A, Van Nuys 91401
    Every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
  • San Pedro Municipal Building
    638 South Beacon Street - Conf. Room 452, San Pedro 90731
    Every Monday at 7:00 p.m.
  • Hollywood Neighborhood City Hall
    6501 Fountain Avenue - Community Room, Los Angeles 90028
    Every Thursday at 7:00 p.m.


  • For recruitment purposes, written tests may occasionally be held at other locations to be announced.
  • With the exception of the Polygraph, which only applies to Los Angeles Police Department applicants, the remainder of the test parts in the examinations for entry-level, sworn public safety classes in the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles World Airports, the Harbor Department, and the Department of General Services are the same. If you should apply for more than one of these examinations, the test scores, test dates, test re-take allowances, and test expiration dates you receive in the common test parts will be applied to each examination. Those who wish to apply for more than one of these classifications may indicate this at the written test or during the selection process by calling (213) 473-9060.

  1. Advisory PRELIMINARY BACKGROUND APPLICATION (PBA) and JOB PREVIEW QUESTIONNAIRE (JPQ): The PBA includes questions regarding your background so that you can be provided a preliminary assessment of your chance for success in the complete background investigation. The JPQ includes questions designed to help you understand the nature of the work you will be performing as a Police Officer. When you submit your Public Safety online application at you will then need to complete the Advisory PBQ and JPQ which must be completed online. Once completed, you will receive immediate results regarding your responses on a confirmation page. Be sure to print the confirmation page and take it with you to the written test site.
  2. PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS ESSAY (PQE): This written test requires you to write essays in response to questions regarding demonstration of your personal qualifications for a law enforcement position. Essays will be evaluated based on your reading skill, written communication skill, and demonstrated effectiveness in judgment and decision making and behavioral flexibility. You must read the questions carefully to ensure that your answers are appropriate to the questions. Passing the PQE requires a score of 70% or higher. The score you receive will determine your rank on the hiring list. We schedule candidates from this list for further processing according to score and hiring needs. You may take the PQE once every 6 months. Your score is valid for 18 months.
  3. BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: The investigation begins with completion of a Personal History Form, which requires compilation of extensive biographical information, completion of additional questionnaires, fingerprinting, and a background interview. The investigation includes checks of employment, police, financial, education, and military records and interviews with family members, neighbors, supervisors, co-workers, and friends. Findings are valid for 12 months. A polygraph examination will be conducted to confirm information obtained during the selection process.
  4. PHYSICAL ABILITIES TEST: Consists of events designed to measure your strength, endurance, and agility. The PAT consists of two portions. The first portion is taken after placement on the eligible list and is administered at a City facility. The second test portion, which consists of a treadmill test, will be administered usually at the time of the Medical Evaluation. A description of the test will be provided when you are scheduled or upon request. This description is also available on-line at You may take this test as often as is necessary to pass, and the score is valid for 12 months.
  5. MEDICAL EVALUATION: Consists of a thorough evaluation by a City physician. It is essential that you be in excellent health, with no conditions that would restrict your ability to safely perform the work of a Police Officer. A cardiac stress test may be required. To remain medically qualified, you must maintain your good health during the period following the medical examination. Medical examination results are valid for up to 12 months, at the discretion of the City’s medical staff. Part of the medical evaluation includes a PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION by a City psychologist. This evaluation consists of written tests and an individual oral interview. You will be evaluated on the psychological factors related to successful job performance to determine if you are suited for the difficult and stressful occupation of Police Officer. The results of the oral psychological evaluation are valid for 12 months. Your written psychological tests are valid for up to 24 months, at the discretion of the City’s psychological staff. For candidate safety, the final portion of the PAT (treadmill test) will be conducted after receiving a medical clearance.
  6. CERTIFICATION AND APPOINTMENT: Before you can be hired as a Police Officer, you must successfully complete steps 1 through 5 above.


SELECTIVE CERTIFICATION: Applicants who are fluent in a language other than English may be selectively certified and eligible for bonus pay.

DEPARTMENT INTERVIEW:You will be interviewed by the hiring department to determine your qualifications for this position. Only those candidates who pass the interview will receive a Conditional Job Offer.

HEALTH/PHYSICAL CONDITION: You must be in excellent health, with no conditions that would restrict your ability to safely complete Academy training and perform police work for the Los Angeles Police Department. Your weight (body fat content) must be appropriate for height and build and you should be in excellent physical condition.

VISION: Your uncorrected distance vision must not exceed 20/70 in either eye and the best eye must be at least 20/40 and wearing eyeglasses you must have corrected vision to 20/30 in each eye. If soft contact lenses are worn, they must have been worn for at least three months and vision must be at least 20/30 in each eye tested wearing the contact lenses and there is no uncorrected distant vision requirement. If a LASIK procedure (refractive surgery) was performed, vision must be at least 20/30 in each eye. In addition, candidates must be able to accurately and quickly name colors, and must be free from other visual impairments that would restrict the ability to perform law enforcement duties.

BACKGROUND: Any conviction by a state, the federal government, or a foreign government of a crime, the punishment for which would have been imprisonment in a federal penitentiary or the state prison (felony) will result in a disqualification. Note: Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor involving domestic violence from carrying a firearm.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT SUBSTANCE SCREENING: Because this class has been designated as safety sensitive, in accordance with City Policy, substance-screening tests may be required prior to appointment.

ACADEMY TRAINING: You will be required to attend an six-month, 40-hour per week training and orientation program, during which you will receive full pay.

ASSIGNMENTS:A Police Officer's initial assignment will be in a position that has been designated as a Temporary Training position by the Civil Service Commission. Employment in such positions will be limited to six months. After service in the Temporary Training position, employees will receive regular appointments to the class of Police Officer and will begin a twelve-month probationary period. After completion of the Police Academy, assignments are made to one of 19 geographical patrol divisions. Probationary officers are assigned to a Training Officer during their field training. Your first two to three years will be spent in a patrol assignment.

JOB BENEFITS: Among the excellent benefits provided are annual paid vacations, holidays, medical and dental plans, sick leave, and a retirement system.

  1. Appointment is subject to possession of a valid California driver's license.
  2. The City of Los Angeles has voluntarily agreed to a Consent Decree, approved in federal court, which provides for increased representation of women, Blacks, and Hispanics in the LAPD. Additionally, the City wishes to increase the number of Asian-Pacific Islander officers.
  3. As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to programs, services, and activities. The Disability Accommodation Form can be obtained at
  4. Applications are accepted subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met. Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined that they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin.
If you need additional information, you may go to, call (213) 847-9060, or visit the Public Safety Bureau's Recruitment and Selection Division, 700 East Temple Street, Room 150, Los Angeles, CA 90012.


Class Code 2214CONT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . REVISED 10-13-11


    If you receive and accept an offer of employment to a regular position with the City of Los Angeles, your employee benefit coverage (including health and dental as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original regular appointment date.

    The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Applicants or employees who believe that they have been discriminated against are encouraged to contact the Office of Discrimination Complaint Resolution at (213) 473-9123.