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Application Process


Step 1:  Go to the following website: and click on “Apply for Airport Police Officer, ( located in the middle of the page). This will lead you to the City of Los Angeles Personnel Dept website, where you will register and fill out the online application, which consists of the  Complete the Preliminary Background Application (PBA) and Job Preview Questionnaire (JPQ) prior to taking the written test.  The PBA includes questions regarding your background, so please read them CAREFULLY, 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 an Airport Police Officer.  The PBA and JPQ must be completed online prior to arriving for the test. Once you complete the PBA and JPQ you will receive immediate results regarding your responses, PRINT OUT THE RESULTS and  be sure to bring both your PBA and JPQ results with to the written test. ” Applicants that successfully pass the PBA may be selected for the Airport Police "Expedited" process and will be contacted by email if eligible. Participation in the expedited testing will allow for candidates to test for the position of Airport Police Officer within a two week timeframe.


Step 2: The Personal Qualifications Essay (PQE) requires you to write three essays in response to questions regarding demonstration of your personal qualifications for a law enforcement position. Essays will be evaluated based on your written communication skill and demonstrated effectiveness in judgement and decision making and behavioral flexibility. Passing the PQE requires a score of 75% or higher. The results will be mailed to you from the City of Los Angeles Personnel Dept within approx. two weeks AFTER taking the test. The score you receive will determine your rank on the hiring list. Your score is good for 18 months.


Step 3: The Background Investigation which begins with the completion of a Personal History Statement (PHS), which requires compilation of extensive biographical information and completion of additional questionnaires.  Next will be a polygraph and fingerprinting check. Once Steps 1-5 are completed a field background Investigator, from the City of Los Angeles Personnel department, will conduct an extensive background check 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.


Step 4: The Physical Abilities Test (PAT) consists of two portions. The first portion is designed to measure strength , agility and endurance. The second portion measures aerobic capacity and it will be administered usually at the time of the medical evaluation. 


Step 5: The Department Interview will be conducted by a panel to assess your accomplishments, job motivation, instrumentality, interpersonal skills and oral communication skills.


Step 6: The 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 an Airport 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 psychological factors related to successful job performance to determine if you are suited for the difficult and stressful occupation of an Airport 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.


Step 7: Certification and Appointment are the final steps in the selection process. This is a highly competitive process. Candidates must demonstrate their positive attributes at each step of the selection process. You must pass all test parts (including a pre-employment substance screening). Before you can be hired as an Airport Police Officer, you must successfully complete steps 1 through 6 above.




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