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Step 1 - Complete the Online Application

Click on this link to complete your application: http://www.joinlapd.com/onlineapp/, which consists of four (4) parts:

  1. Registered Information - personal application information
  2. Application Questionnaire - recruitment source information
  3. Preliminary Background Application (PBA) - The PBA is designed to help candidates identify some of the common areas of the background investigation process which may need to be explained, may cause delay, or affect the candidates' progress in that phase of the selection process.
  4. Job Preview Questionnaire (JPQ) - The JPQ is designed to help candidates to better understand the nature of the work they will be performing as a law enforcement officer.

NOTE: Bring the printed PBA and JPQ results with you to the test site.

Step 2 - Find a Test Site and Take the Personal Qualifications Essay (PQE) written test

The Personal Qualifications Essay (PQE) consists of essay questions related to judgment and decision making and behavioral flexibility. Your written communication skills will also be evaluated. If you fail, you may retake the PQE after three months.

For a list of test locations, dates and times, click on this link.

NOTE: You MUST present a valid State or Federal issued photo identification card when appearing for the test. Any candidate who does not have a valid State or Federal issued photo identification card WILL NOT be allowed to take the test. Remember to bring the printed PBA and JPQ results with you to the test site.

To join the Los Angeles police force, you will need to be prepared, do some studying and be honest and forthcoming. For in-depth detail on each step in the process and how to prepare for it, visit Prepare for the Written Test.

If you have any questions regarding LAPD police officer recruiting, or taking the test, you can call or e-mail an LAPD recruitment at 866-444-LAPD (866-444-5273) or joinlapd@lapd.online.

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