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CAREER DEVELOPMENT / DEC. 27, 2012
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How to Join the LAPD – Los Angeles Police Department

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) offers an excellent career path to those who meet the entry requirements and pass the physical fitness tests. There are a number of prerequisites that must be met before a candidate can qualify for training with the LAPD. These are listed below:

  • Candidates must be over 21 years of age. The entry written test can be taken at the age of 20 ½ years however.

  • It is a requirement for all individuals to have graduated from a U.S high school, GED or equivalent U.S. institution. A 2-year or 4-year college degree from an accredited U.S. institution or foreign institution can be used in replacement of meeting the U.S. high school requirement.

  • The LAPD requires that all police officer applicants be U.S. citizens or a permanent foreign resident in the U.S and meet the requirements of the USCIS. It is also necessary for the foreign resident to be eligible for U.S citizenship. The applicant will be required to prove that the USCIS has accepted their application for citizenship.

  • There is no obligation to live or own property in Los Angeles to qualify for entry to the LAPD

  • Candidates cannot have a history of immoral or unethical behavior

  • Individuals will be subject to intensive background checks and evaluations which they must pass in order to be hired

Once you have satisfied all the above-mentioned prerequisites, you are then eligible to initiate the application process. The process is relatively simple to follow and involves the following main steps:

  • Preliminary Background Application and Job Preview Questionnaire

  • Personal Qualifications Essay

  • Background Investigation and Polygraph

  • Physical Abilities Test

  • Department Interview

  • Medical Evaluation and Psychological Evaluation

  • Certification and Appointment

     

Once the above steps are completed and the candidate passes each element of the application process, they can qualify for entry to the training academy as a police officer. This is an exceptional career path with base salaries beginning at $47,042 for high school graduates. There are many benefits of working for the LAPD, some of which include; flexible work schedules, generous vacation pay, health and dental plans, pension plan and other employee benefits.


 

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