Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Create an account on myPD and fill out the application.

Yes. So that means test parts are transferrable ie.) PQE score, PFQ score, Department Interview etc. However, LAXPD has an additional step that consists of the Command Review. The Command Review is a meet and greet with an LAXPD Assistant Chief and a Captain.

The process usually takes about 6-9 months, but it varies. The process is candidate driven (for the most part), so do your best to prepare and get through each portion.

There is no cost for the application or for any test portion.

Every candidate is taken on a case-by-case basis and the economic downturn is taken into consideration. Your financial status is considered from a risk-management perspective. Making responsible fiscal choices and living within your means are examples of maturity and discipline, which may make you less susceptible to impropriety on the job.

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It depends on the nature of the tattoo(s). Candidates with tattoos are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Candidates with tattoos who are subsequently hired must ensure that the tattoos are not visible to the public while on-duty.

It is to be determined on a case-by-case basis, and it depends on how many and how recently the tickets were issued.The reason for the ticket is also taken into consideration, in particular, moving violations.

We recommend you submit an application when you have approximately three (3) months – six (6) months left on your enlistment time of service.

If you are a member of any Armed Forces Reserve Component, or the National Guard, you may apply at any time. The LAXPD is committed to hiring Veterans from all branches of service.

Yes. You start earning salary and benefits from your first day in the academy.

Ride alongs are offered to candidates who are currently in the Background Investigation phase of the application process. You can request a ride along via email at

You can obtain the status of your application via your myPD portal or by calling City of LA Personnel at 213-473-0100.

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