Metro Division PersonnelThe Division actively promotes LAPD's diversity goals in personnel recruitment and advancement.
The personnel selected for assignment to Metropolitan Division must have established a high proficiency rating within the Department, as well as have a minimum of four years of service. Applicants must be in outstanding physical condition and pass the Metro physical fitness qualification test, which consists of a three-mile run for time, sit-ups, push-ups and pull-ups. Applicants must also have a current Department shooting bonus. Supervisory personnel in Metropolitan Division thoroughly investigate each applicant. All applicants are interviewed and, if selected to continue, candidates are placed on an eligibility list.
The personnel assigned to Metropolitan Division receive intensive training in numerous police functions. Considerable time is devoted to crowd management and advanced tactical weapons training. Specialized training is also provided for shotgun slug usage, less lethal devices, shoulder weapons, officer/citizen rescue, building searches, airborne deployment, crisis negotiation and domestic violence. Metropolitan Division also spends hundreds of hours a year providing advanced training to other members of the Department.