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Once you’re selected for the LAXPD, you will begin training for your job as a police officer. The training is free, and you’ll be paid your full starting salary during your training period.

Training is the first challenge you’ll face as an officer. It’s rigorous, demanding, and exhausting. But it’s also a rewarding, life-changing experience. You’ll discover how much you’re capable of by succeeding at seemingly impossible challenges, both physical and mental.


Get in Shape BEFORE the Training!

Call 866-462-4473 to sign up for our Fitness Program
offered 2 days a week.


PRE-ACADEMY: Your training begins at the LAXPD pre-academy. This four-week program is designed to prepare you for the various challenges you will encounter during the eight-month POST Certified Police Academy.

During the LAXPD pre-academy you will be given a physical assessment test to determine your strengths and weaknesses.  Based on the results, our trained fitness instructors will design a rigorous workout program for you.

The pre-academy gives you an opportunity to develop your academic skills, improve time management, and increase your fitness level, as well as learn about specific crimes related to being a LAXPD officer.

Although the LAXPD's pre-academy will do its best to prepare you physically and mentally for the police academy, it is important that you prepare on your own as well.  Physical fitness and defensive tactics are two very important aspects of law enforcement, so we encourage you to start preparing early.

LAXPD offers a workout program 2 days a week, every Monday and Wednesday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and on Saturday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Call 866 Go Air PD to verify locations and times. Workout programs will not be offered during holidays.


POST CERTIFIED POLICE ACADEMY: Once you have successfully completed the four-week pre-academy, you will attend the eight-month POST Certified Police Academy.  The next eight months of your life will be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding challenges ever. 

You'll learn about state and federal laws, ethics and cultural diversity, firearms, defensive tactics, tactical driving, Spanish, and most importantly, how to be a team player.

The Police Academy is approximately 24 weeks.  The curriculum consists of:

  • Academics encompasses arrest and booking procedures, preliminary investigation techniques, radio and communications, report writing, traffic investigation, and traffic enforcement. (230 hours)
  • Driving includes the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course, which covers defensive driving, pursuit policy, and safe vehicle handling. (40 hours)
  • Firearms Training includes weapon care and safety, marksmanship, tactical manipulation with the sidearm and shotgun, and chemical agents handling. (113 hours) (Police candidates are strongly discouraged from seeking firearms instruction prior to entering the Police Academy. Poor marksmanship habits may be developed that are difficult or impossible to overcome.)
  • Human Relations includes cultural sensitivity training, sexual harassment issues, media relations, stress management, disability awareness, community relations, tactical communications, hate crimes, missing persons, and domestic violence. (100 hours)

  • Law covers search and seizure, evidence, laws of arrest, crimes against persons and property, sex crimes, crimes against children, and other general criminal statutes falling under the California Penal Code, Los Angeles Municipal Code, Welfare and Institutions Code, and Federal Laws. (105 hours)
  • Physical Training builds strength and endurance through physical conditioning while promoting a positive attitude toward a fitness lifestyle. It also encompasses training in physical arrest techniques, controls, and weaponless defense. (142 hours)
  • Tactics covers patrol techniques and procedures, crimes in progress, building searches, vehicle stops, use of deadly force, and shooting policy. (98 hours)


LOS ANGELES AIRPORT POLICE SPECIFIC TRAINING (LAXPD): During the four-week Post Academy, you will be trained on airport-specific crimes and in other areas relevant to LAXPD officers, including:

  • Airplane searches
  • Building searches
  • Airport specific report writing
  • Working with the Airfield Operations Section
  • Training to handle radio calls specifically for the airfield and at the screening station
  • Shotgun training
  • Taser and 40 MM/less lethal
  • Arrest/control agency specific
  • Law enforcement response to terrorism


FIELD TRAINING OFFICER PROGRAM (FTO): The Field Training Officer (FTO) Program is a minimum of 22 weeks. You will be trained by approximately 4 different Field Training Officers. You will be assigned a primary FTO who will train you at the beginning and the end of the program. The remaining weeks will be filled by the other three FTOs.

During the 22 weeks, you will be responsible for handling calls for service, conducting preliminary investigations and completing written reports when appropriate. As a trainee, you must learn the geography of the airport, the surrounding communities and the airfield. You must also study and learn policies, procedures and codes. ( i.e. radio, department, penal, vehicle, health and safety, welfare & institution, municipal, Federal Aviation Regulations).

Your FTO (Field Training Officer) will be your first line supervisor and their job will be to prepare you to function as a solo Police Officer. You will be given quizzes by your FTO and you must pass a final ride-a-long with a Sergeant to complete the program.


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