Application Process

Qualifications & Application Process

At least 20 1/2 years of age at the time of hire
No felony convictions
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.
A two-year or a four-year college degree from an accredited U.S. or foreign institution 
may be substituted for the high school requirement.
The City of Los Angeles requires that a Police Officer candidate be a United States 
citizen, or that a non-citizen be a permanent resident alien who, in accordance with the 
requirements of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is eligible and 
has applied for citizenship.
During the selection process, each non-citizen is required to prove that USCIS accepted 
his/her application for citizenship prior to the date the Police Officer written test was 
California State law requires that citizenship be granted within three years after the 
employment application date. For information regarding citizenship requirements, 
contact the USCIS.

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 emailed to you from the City of Los Angeles Personnel Dept within approx. two weeks AFTER taking the test. 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) link will be sent by email if you have passed the PQE ( written test above) which requires compilation of extensive biographical information and completion of additional questionnaires. Make sure to include all information that applies to you, omission of information or being dishonest will be a disqualification.

Step 3: PFQ ( Physical Fitness Qualification) conducted the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. See Fitness tab for more information. Must complete PFQ with a 50% or higher to continue to the next step.

Step 4: The Department Interview will be conducted by a panel to assess your accomplishments, job motivation, instrumentality, interpersonal skills and oral communication skills.

Step 5: Polygraph and fingerprinting check.

Step 6: Background Investigation will conducted after Steps 1-4 are passed. An extensive background check of employment, police, financial, education and military records and interviews with family members, neighbors, supervisors, co-workers and friends.

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.


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