Associate Community Officer 2210 (revised 2023/10/03)

  • City of Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Public Safety
  • Salary: $37,980.00 - $55,519.00 Annually USD

Job Description



$ 37,980 to $ 55,519


Employment as an Associate Community Officer is limited to a maximum of five years, during which time employees are required to promote to other City classes. However, it is expected that incumbents in this class will need no longer than 30 months to transition to another class. Appointments will be made to temporary training positions in accordance with Section 5.30 of the Rules of the Board of Civil Service Commissioners for a maximum duration of five years. New appointees who do not successfully complete the temporary training period will be terminated from the class.


In preparation for a career in law enforcement, an Associate Community Officer is a civilian employee of the Police Department who performs a variety of law enforcement support duties under general supervision and performs related work as required. During the performance of job duties, Associate Community Officers may be rotated to varying assignments. It is expected that Associate Community Officers will be prepared to join the Police Department as Police Officers after time in this class.

REQUIREMENTS/MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law; and Current enrollment in or graduation from the Police Orientation and Preparation Program (POPP) and a digital invitation from the LAPD Personnel Division; or Graduation from a Police Academy Magnet School Program (PAMS) within the last two years and a digital invitation from the LAPD Personnel Division; or Current participation in the LAPD Cadet Program and a digital invitation from the LAPD Personnel Division; or Current enrollment in a College/University and a digital invitation from the LAPD Personnel Division; or Six months of experience as a volunteer or intern with the LAPD and a digital invitation from LAPD Personnel Division; or Current participation in a Community Based Organization (public or private nonprofit organization providing services to underserved communities with the Los Angeles area) and a digital invitation from the LAPD Personnel Division.
Applicants must submit a copy of the digital invitation from the LAPD Personnel Section at the time of filing. The copy of the digital invitation recommendation must be attached to the on-line application BEFORE the application is submitted. If the digital invitation is attached AFTER the on-line application has been submitted, it will not be available to the City and applicants WILL NOT be credited with having submitted it. Applicants who fail to submit the digital invitation at the time of filing by attaching it to the on-line application will not be considered further in this examination.In addition to the regular City application form, each applicant is required to submit the Associate Community Officer Job Preview Questionnaire at the time of filing. The Associate Community Officer Job Preview Questionnaire is located within the Supplemental Questions Section of the City application. Applicants who fail to complete the Job Preview Questionnaire will not be considered further in this examination and their applications will not be processed.For applicants filing under Minimum Requirement #3 or #5 above, co-enrollment in college or university on at least a part-time basis is desired.Please note that desired education must be from a college or university accredited by a City of Los Angeles recognized agency. A list of approved accrediting agencies can be found at .Upon completion of six months of duty, or when you reach the age of 20, Associate Community Officers will be required to apply for Police Officer with the City of Los Angeles.
Applications will only be accepted on-line. When you are viewing the on-line job bulletin of your choice, simply scroll to the top of the page and select the “Apply” icon. On-line job bulletins are also available at for Open Competitive Examinations.


This examination may close without prior notice at any time after a sufficient number of applications have been received. For administrative purposes, filing may close periodically and reopen the following day.

In accordance with Civil Service Rule 4.2, all applicants who apply may not be tested in this examination. To meet anticipated hiring needs, only a limited number of qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the selection process in the following order: 1) Applicants currently employed by the City of Los Angeles who meet the minimum requirements, or are on a reserve list; 2) Remaining applicants who meet the minimum requirements in sufficient numbers to meet hiring needs based on a random sampling of those qualified candidates. Applicants not selected to be tested may re-apply in a subsequent filing period in order to be considered for that period's selection process.


Examination Weight: Multiple-Choice Test . . . Qualifying
Physical Fitness Qualifier . . . Advisory
Interview . . . 100%

Multiple-Choice Test: The multiple-choice test will evaluate factors including spelling, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and clarity. Your passing score does not expire. If you fail the multiple-choice test then you can reapply after 60 days have passed from your most recent test session.

Physical Fitness Qualifier (PFQ): In order to better prepare for the exam and the physical demands of a career in law enforcement, candidates will be required to complete the Physical Fitness Qualifier (PFQ) prior to the interview. The PFQ consists of four events; maximum sit-ups in one minute, a 300 meter sprint, maximum push-ups in one minute, and a 1.5 mile run. The score on the PFQ is advisory and may be reviewed by the interview panel.

Interview: The examination score will be based entirely on the interview. In the interview, the following competencies may be evaluated: Learning Ability, Conscientiousness, Results Orientation, Customer Service, Emotional Maturity, Tolerance, Credibility, ability to Follow Oral Directions; and other necessary skills, knowledge and abilities.


  • Passing a thorough and comprehensive Background Investigation, AND
  • Completion of a thorough medical examination, AND
  • Based on City Policy, before being hired, candidates may be required to undergo a DRUG and ALCOHOL screening test.


This examination is based on a validation study and as provided by the Civil Service Commission Rule 4.20, the multiple-choice test will not be subject to candidate review.As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. To request a disability accommodation, please complete the disability Accommodation Form within 14 calendar days of the submittal of the City Application. The Disability Accommodation Form can be obtained at .Applications are accepted subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met. Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined that they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin.Some positions may require a valid California driver’s license.A final average score of 70% is required to be placed on the eligible list.You may take the Associate Community Officer multiple-choice test only once within 60 days. If you have taken the Associate Community Officer multiple-choice test during an open filing period in the Personnel Department within the last 60 days, you may not file for this examination at this time.Your name may be removed from the open competitive list after 6 months.Candidates who believe that they satisfy the minimum requirements listed above and would like additional information about how to obtain a digital invitation should call (213) 473-3450.For candidates seeking initial City employment, in accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, information regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements as conditions of employment may be found at: .
Notice :

If you receive and accept an offer of employment to a regular position with the City of Los Angeles, your employee benefit coverage (including health and dental coverage as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original regular appointment. Not all positions in the City receive benefit coverage; you should inquire regarding the availability of employee benefits prior to accepting a position. All City employees are required to be Disaster Service Workers.



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