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Q: Which police academy do you send candidates to?

Los Angeles Police Department

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Q: What is on the written test?

The written test consists of the Personal Qualifications Essay (PQE). The PQE requires you to answer essay questions to determine your personal qualifications for a law enforcement position. The essays will be evaluated based on your written communication skills and demonstrated effectiveness in judgment and decision making and behavioral flexibility.

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Q: How long is the written test?

Approximately two hours.

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Q: What if I don’t pass the written test?

If you do not pass the written exam, you must wait 6 months before you can retake the exam.

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Q: Where is the test offered?

5520 Arbor Vitae
Los Angeles, CA - 90045

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Q: What is the PAT?

The Physical Abilities Test for police officers consists of three events administered in the following order:

SIDE STEP (Agility)
You will have 10 seconds to move from one side of a center line to the other side as many times as possible – Performed twice

CABLE PULL (Strength)
You will have five seconds to pull a pair of handles apart as hard as possible in a horizontal motion – Performed three times

You will have two minutes to pedal as many revolutions as possible against a pre-set resistance – One try

Passing this test indicates only the minimum level of fitness required to begin academy training. Once in the academy as a new recruit, you will be required to perform physically at much higher levels.

If you are unable to perform any one of these exercises, you should initiate a regular physical fitness program to prepare yourself for the academy. Before beginning your fitness program, it is recommended that you receive a medical examination from your physician. Remember, you will not achieve excellent physical fitness overnight. It takes a great deal of physical and mental effort.
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Q: How many shifts do you have and what are the hours?

We have three 10-hour shifts.

1st Watch – 5:00a.m. to 3:30p.m.

2nd Watch – 2:00p.m. to 12:30a.m.

3rd Watch – 8:30p.m. to 7:00a.m.

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