- U.S. High School Diploma Or Equivalent
- Excellent health and/or physical condition
- 21 years of age/no maximum age
- U.S. citizen or have applied for citizenship
- Background suitable for employment as a police officer
Until further notice due to COVID-19 protocols, orientations are being held via electronic media. Please submit the information request form above to be invited to our next event.
STEP 1: To start the process of becoming a reserve police officer you must receive orientation from the Reserve Unit or attend a seminar.
STEP 2: All applicants must complete the Online Application. You must complete BOTH sections, which will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. You MUST the Online Application and print a copy to bring with you to the written test.
Before you can be scheduled for the on-line test, you must complete both of the following steps. After you have completed these two steps, you will receive a unique test code for the online Multiple-Choice Test within one week. Complete a Police Officer application on https://mypd.Joinlapd.com, if you have not done so already.
Create a profile and submit an application on the Personnel Website by clicking the “Apply” ic0n at the following link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacity/jobs/2787064/police-officer-2214?keywords=police%20officer&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs.
Please note that this is a second application that must completed to enable on-line testing. The remaining test parts in the Police Officer selection process will be scheduled and/or administered on the mypd.joinlpad.com website.
NOTE: You MUST present a valid State or Federal issued photo identification card when appearing for an in-person test. Any candidate who does not have a valid State or Federal issued photo identification card WILL NOT be allowed to take the test.
STEP 3: Completion and submittal of a Personal History Statement (PHS) is the first step of the Background Investigation. The PHS requires compilation of extensive biographical information, fingerprinting, and an interview with a background investigator. If, based on the information obtained, it appears that you may meet the City’s background standards, a thorough field investigation will be conducted.
Plain talk about this test part: is the best policy. Everyone has done things they’re not proud of, but the worst possible action is to try to cover it up. Please take time to carefully evaluate your background and experiences before you get started. View the Background Standards to see what types of things might negatively impact your progress.
STEP 4: The Polygraph Examination is conducted to confirm information obtained during the selection process. 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 the interview will be scheduled for further testing. If you fail, you must wait 3 months to retake the interview.
PFQ Physical Fitness Qualifier (PFQ), tests your physical fitness. Candidates will be scored on the following activities: As many sit-ups in one minute, 300 M sprint, as many push-ups in one minute, and a 1.5 mile run.