Police Specialist (lateral) 2217 (revised 8/25/23)

  • City of Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $111,227.00 - $117,408.00 Annually USD

Job Description

$111,227 to $117,408


Annual salary is at the start of the pay range. The current salary range is subject to change. Please confirm the starting salary with the hiring department before accepting a job offer. Check www.JoinLAPD.com for details.


As a sworn member of the Los Angeles Police Department, a Police Specialist maintains order, enforces laws and ordinances, and protects life and property; works with neighborhood associations and community members as a planner, community organizer, problem solver and information link; issues citations, makes arrests, prepares reports, and provides information to the public and departmental units; and does related work.


A Police Specialist will receive a condensed version of the classroom and physical training provided at the Police Academy for Police Officer recruits. A Police Specialist, upon successful completion of an 18-month probation period, will receive a Charter Section 1014 transfer to the class of Police Officer.

REQUIREMENTS/MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Possess a current California Basic P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards and Training) Certificate at the time of application; or Have standing as an LAPD Line Reserve Officer with Certified Designated level 1 (CDL) status; or A Basic Course Waiver issued by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Testing; andMeet other standards including those pertaining to vision, physical capability, health conditions, and background applicable to Police Officer. You must also be 21 years of age at the time of hire. Legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law.
THE SELECTION PROCESS IS STARTED by faxing a letter stating your desire to apply for Police Specialist. The letter must include your name, social security number, telephone number(s) where you can be contacted, address, the California law enforcement agency with which you are employed, and the length of time you have been employed by the agency. You must fax a copy of your current California Basic P.O.S.T. Certificate, verification of your standing as an LAPD Line Reserve with CDL 1 status, or a copy of your Basic Course Waiver. These documents should be faxed to (213) 473-9040, attention of the Police Specialist Analyst. After your qualifications have been verified, you will be contacted to schedule the necessary steps.


1. MULTIPLE-CHOICE TEST: The multiple-choice test will evaluate factors including spelling, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and clarity. You may take the multiple-choice test once every 60 days. Your passing score does not expire.

2. BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: The investigation begins with completion of a Personal History Statement, which requires compilation of extensive biographical information, fingerprinting, and a background interview. The investigation includes checks of employment, police, financial, education, and military records and interviews with family members, neighbors, supervisors, co- workers, and friends. Findings are valid for 12 months. A polygraph examination will be conducted prior to your medical evaluation to confirm information obtained during the selection process.

3. INTERVIEW: You will be interviewed to determine your qualifications for this position. Passing the interview requires a score of 70% or higher. Only those candidates who pass the interview will receive a Conditional Job Offer. The score you receive will determine your rank on the eligible list. Your passing score will expire after 2 years.

4. PHYSICAL FITNESS QUALIFIER: In order to better prepare for the exam and the physical demands of the academy, you are required to complete the Physical Fitness Qualifier (PFQ). Your score on the PFQ is advisory. You must complete the PFQ at least once prior to appointment. You are welcome to retake the PFQ as many times as you like, and the score is valid for 12 months. If you score less than a 50 on the PFQ, you are strongly encouraged to attend the Candidate Advancement Program (CAP) more regularly and retake the PFQ. Being a part of CAP will significantly increase your success in the selection process and in the academy. CAP will also make transitioning to academy life much easier. If you currently live more than 150 miles away from the Los Angeles area, you should contact your mentor to arrange a PFQ while you are in town completing other test parts. Information regarding CAP can be found on-line at https://www.joinlapd.com/.

5. MEDICAL EVALUATION: Consists of a thorough evaluation by a City physician. It is essential that you be in excellent health, with no conditions that would restrict your ability to safely perform the work of a Police Officer. A cardiac stress test may be required. To remain medically qualified, you must maintain your good health during the period following the medical examination. Medical examination results are valid for up to 12 months, at the discretion of the City’s medical staff. Part of the medical evaluation includes a PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION by a City psychologist. This evaluation consists of written tests and an individual oral interview. You will be evaluated on the psychological factors related to successful job performance to determine if you are suited for the difficult and stressful occupation of Police Officer. The results of the oral psychological evaluation are valid for 12 months. Your written psychological tests are valid for up to 24 months, at the discretion of the City’s psychological staff. For candidate safety, the final portion of the PAT (treadmill test) will be conducted after receiving a medical clearance.

6. CERTIFICATION AND APPOINTMENT: Before you can be hired as a Police Specialist, you must successfully complete steps 1 through 5 above. Candidates may be subject to COVID-19 testing prior to the Academy class start date and throughout their Academy tenure. Academy admission may be delayed for any candidate who tests positive and may be conditioned upon obtaining the necessary medical clearance(s).


HEALTH/PHYSICAL CONDITION: You must be in excellent health, with no conditions that would restrict your ability to safely complete Academy training and perform police work for the Los Angeles Police Department. Your weight (body fat content) must be appropriate for height and build and you should be in excellent physical condition.

VISION: Your uncorrected distance vision must not exceed 20/70 in either eye and the best eye must be at least 20/40 and wearing eyeglasses you must have corrected vision to at least 20/30 in each eye. If soft contact lenses are worn, they must have been worn for at least three months and vision must be at least 20/30 in each eye tested wearing the contact lenses and there is no uncorrected distant vision requirement. If a LASIK procedure (refractive surgery) was performed, vision must be at least, 20/30 in each eye. In addition, candidates must be able to accurately and quickly name colors, and must be free from other visual impairments that would restrict the ability to perform law enforcement duties.

BACKGROUND: Any conviction by a state, the federal government, or a foreign government of a crime, the punishment for which would have been imprisonment in a federal penitentiary or the state prison (felony) will result in a disqualification. Note : Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor involving domestic violence from carrying a firearm.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT SUBSTANCE SCREENING: Because this class has been designated as safety sensitive, in accordance with City Policy, substance-screening tests may be required prior to appointment.

ACADEMY TRAINING: You will be required to attend an abbreviated training and orientation program which will cover areas where LAPD training exceeds POST mandated training and areas that are LAPD specific. The training will last 12 weeks for individuals who possess a California POST certificate and patrol experience, 16 weeks for individuals with a California POST certificate and no patrol experience, and 16 weeks for individuals with out-of-state experience as peace officers who were approved by POST for equivalency. The training will be conducted in a manner that recognizes your standing as an experienced peace officer and not a new recruit. Training is based on a 40-hour week during which you will receive full pay.

ASSIGNMENTS: Employees will receive regular appointments to the class of Police Specialist and will begin an 18-month probationary period. Upon successful completion of the 18-month probationary period, a Police Specialist will receive a Charter Section 1014 transfer to the class of Police Officer. Police Specialists are assigned to a Training Officer during their field training. Your first two to three years will be spent in a patrol assignment.

JOB BENEFITS: Among the excellent benefits provided are annual paid vacations, holidays, medical and dental plans, sick leave, and a retirement system.


1. This examination is based on a validation study and, as provided by Civil Service Commission Rule 4.20, the multiple-choice test will not be subject to candidate inspection.

2. Appointment is subject to possession of a valid California driver's license.

3. The City of Los Angeles has voluntarily agreed to a Consent Decree, approved in federal court, which provides for increased representation of women, Blacks, and Hispanics in the LAPD. Additionally, the City wishes to increase the number of Asian-Pacific Islander officers.

4. 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 accommodations 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 http://per.lacity.org/exams/verify_disability.pdf .

5. 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.

6. A final average score of 70% in the interview portion of the examination is required to be placed on the eligible list. This score will be based on each candidate's performance on the interview.

7. In accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, candidates must meet the minimum requirement of being fully vaccinated against COVID -19 or receive an exemption and report their vaccination status prior to appointment by the hiring authority. The ordinance is available at https://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2021/21-0921_ord_187134_8-24-21.pdf .

8. You may waive the Multiple-Choice Test for this Police Officer examination if you satisfy any of the following conditions: you are currently employed as an Associate Community Officer; you have successfully completed the California POST Regular Basic Course; you possess a current Basic Course Waiver; you have received a passing score on the FrontLine National Law Enforcement Examination administered by the National Testing Network (NTN) based on the criteria set by the City of Los Angeles; or y ou have taken the California P.O.S.T. Pellet-B test and earned an overall T-score of 42 or higher. If you wish to waive the Multiple-Choice Test, contact the Personnel Department at (213) 473-9060.

If you need additional information, you may go to https://www.joinlapd.com/ , call (213) 473-9060, or visit the Public Safety Bureau’s Recruitment and Selection Division, 700 East Temple Street, Room 150, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

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 as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original regular appointment date. 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.



The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

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