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Becoming a Los Angeles Police Officer

Police Officer

Los Angeles, California


Los Angeles Police Department

Personnel Department

700 E. Temple, Room 150

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Phone: 866-444-5273





Population: 3,501,487

Sworn Officers: 9,324


Police Officer
Employment Information





Have you ever thought about becoming a Los Angeles Police Officer? If so, you are in a position to be envied: the rewards of becoming an LAPD officer are great and the challenges of this position are second to none. This is an exciting time to become an LAPD officer as we forge ever stronger bonds with those in the communities we serve and work to fully implement Community Policing citywide.

A career with the Los Angeles Police Department will mean many things to you: opportunity to make a real difference to the people in your community; variety of work and assignments; satisfaction with your career; and, pride in being part of a world-class, world-renowned organization. To the residents of Los Angeles, your decision to become an LAPD officer will mean security and peace of mind.

We encourage you to pursue your interest in the LAPD. There has never been a better time to join the Los Angeles Police Department. As an LAPD officer, YOU CAN BE ANYTHING. But bored!

The information below provides links to the website maintained by the Personnel Department for the City of Los Angeles. There you will find the most current data concerning open positions, job requirements, as well as salary and benefit information. If you have further questions, which are not covered below, contact the Recruitment Section at 866-444-LAPD (866-444-5273) or via E-mail at

  • City of Los Angeles Personnel Department
  • Civilian Employment
  • Police Officer Employment Information
  • Sworn Police Officer Class Titles and Job Descriptions
  • Qualifications and Requirements
  • Salaries and Bonuses
  • Reserve Police Officer
  • Women in the LAPD
  • Frequently Asked Questions - Rehired Candidates
  • Lateral Police Officers [PDF]
  • Sworn Police Officer Class Titles and Job Descriptions

    The following list represents the various class titles of sworn LAPD police officers. For a description of the job duties for each class title, click below.


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