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Police Personnel in Demand

Recruitment remains a topmost priority for the Los Angeles Police Department. Accordingly, the Department now offers several new avenues to attract talent. To learn more, visit or call 866-444-LAPD, to begin your law enforcement career today.

Offering a generous starting salary of more than $51,000 a year and some 250 career options, the LAPD works closely with Police Officer candidates to ensure a successful and rewarding experience.

The LAPD is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

LAPD programs to consider:

Community Police Aide -The Community Police Aide program establishes civilian employment, full or part-time, at a starting salary of $26, 000 a year. Community Police Aides execute office support and field duties. Employment is limited to five years, during which time aides prepare to become Police Officers. Candidates must be high school graduates who are at least 18 years of age.

Police Student Worker -The Police Student Worker program offers part-time paid positions for full-time (12 units) college students interested in law enforcement. This program provides on-the-job training for students who are not old enough to enter the Police Academy and prepares them for a career with the Los Angeles Police Department. Candidates must be high school graduates between the ages of 18 and 23, enrolled in a recognized two or four-year college. Police Student Workers earn more than $24,000 a year.

Reserve Police Officer Program -The Los Angeles Police Reserve Corps is comprised of community members who volunteer their time to fulfill many of the roles handled by full-time sworn police officers. Reserve officers receive the same training as full-time officers and work alongside them in Department operations. Candidates must be high school graduates who are at least 18 years of age.

Operation Blue to Blue -The Operation Blue to Blue initiative caters to law enforcement professionals from other California law enforcement agencies. Police Chief William J. Bratton has proposed a plan to the City Council that will allow officers who leave other law enforcement agencies or the military - for the LAPD - to buy up to five years' service credit toward their pensions. The proposed program, which is pending approval, would allow officers to use benefits from former jobs to buy service credit if they work for the LAPD for at least 20 years.