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Each LAXPD officer is expected to follow the code of ethics. Additionally, each member of our force must embody these core values: service before self, reverence for the law, respect for people, commitment to professionalism, and integrity in all he/she says or does. We are looking for candidates who will measure up to these high standards, so it is essential that you demonstrate a history of ethical and moral behavior.




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.



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.



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:

  1. Be selectively certified (considered for hire prior to other candidates due to their advanced training).


POST-Certified candidate must either have:
  1. Completed a POST-certified Basic Police Academy within the last three years; OR
  2. After having completed a POST-certified Basic Police Academy, been employed as a Police Officer within the last three years.


POST-Certified candidates meeting either of the above criteria should submit a copy of their certificate of completion of a POST-certified Basic Police Academy or their Basic Certificate issued by POST to Room 150 of the Personnel Department Building at 700 East Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

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



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