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Application Process

You may fill out an Application online before going to the testing location to save time.  Follow the link to fill out the application.  Bring the print out from the application to the testing location to show that you filled out the application prior. Copy and paste link in your browser: 

Step 1: 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 judgment 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 you can retake the test after 6 months. Results from the PQE are usually sent within two weeks of taking the test.


Step 2:  Personal History Statement (PHS) review, which requires compilation of extensive biographical information and completion of additional questionnaires.  

Step 2- 5 will be scheduled  and  completed by the City Of Los Angeles Personnel Dept Staff (213) 473-9060, and or a LAPD background investigator.   PHS Link:  


Step 3: The Department Interview will be conducted by a panel to assess your accomplishments, job motivation, instrumentality, interpersonal skills and oral communication skills.


Step 4:  Polygraph and fingerprinting check.


Step 5: Once Steps 1-4 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

Step 6:  Meet and Greet with LAXPD Staff and PFQ  (Physical Fitness Qualification) Conditional Job Offer will be issued based on the Meet and Greet as well the PFQ Score.  Please attend our Physical Fitness Assessments on the 1 & 2 Saturday of the month and the 3rd & 4 Wed of the month to prepare yourself for the PFQ.  See schedule for time and location.

Step 7: 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.

LAXPD has a pre-academy 2 weeks prior to attending the LAPD academy.  LAXPD has a class every single month and is currently hiring the most qualified applicants.





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