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A few folks have PM'ed me over the last year or so asking about the LAPD. For the last two or three years we had the expedited testing process on hold due to budget cuts. This process allowed you to travel out here and complete all the tests in one, maybe two trips, which is how I did it back in 1988. If you decide to do it, I could help you.

The process has returned and we are now doing it again. We are always hiring and nowadays have about seven or eight academy classes a year. (It used to be one a month but due to budget cuts we've cut them back.) If anyone's interested, the following websites are helpful: joinlapd.com and lapdonline.org

While you guys are freezing back there with snow and rain, it's been in the mid 70s out here. And if you like the snow, it's only an hour's drive up north. In the summer, there's no humidity and no mosquitoes either. Even if you come out here, stay on the job for a few years, receive top quality training and then go back home, at least you've got that experience behind you. It's something to think about for those of you who have been waiting for years to get on the job back there. I've been on the job out here for 25 years and I still love it, that should say something I would think. Just thought I'd put it out there.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask here or PM me. Good luck.
 

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Thank you niteowl,

I tried for several years to get on the job back there without making it and I'm a loyal Red Sox / Patriots fan so I'm still a Bostonian at heart. I just thought I'd put this out there for the folks who ended up like me.... trying to get hired back there for a long time without success.

I would've preferred to get on the job back there because it's home but now that I'm here in LA, I'm very happy to be here on this department. When I retire I'll be coming back there because it's home and my family is all back there.

Plus I'll be able to make all the Meet and Greets and not just ones that happen to fall on my vacation!
 

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Thank you niteowl,

I tried for several years to get on the job back there without making it and I'm a loyal Red Sox / Patriots fan so I'm still a Bostonian at heart. I just thought I'd put this out there for the folks who ended up like me.... trying to get hired back there for a long time without success.

I would've preferred to get on the job back there because it's home but now that I'm here in LA, I'm very happy to be here on this department. When I retire I'll be coming back there because it's home and my family is all back there.

Plus I'll be able to make all the Meet and Greets and not just ones that happen to fall on my vacation!
The only bad thing about coming back here is learning how to drive in the snow again! It took me a little while :)
 

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A few things about the department for those of you who are interested:

- 10,000 sworn officers
- Full time dedicated SWAT team with about 70 members
- 18 helicopters in Air Support Division, the biggest in the country
- Mounted Unit
- K-9s which include: suspects, bombs, narcotics, guns, all of which are different dogs
- Full time dedicated Bomb Squad
- Gang units / Narcotics units
- MS-13, 18th Street, Bloods, Crips, and lots of other gangs
- Anti-Terrorism units
- Motors
- Crime suppression platoons
- Specialized detectives and table detectives
- Hazardous Materials unit
- Task forces with FBI, DEA, ATF
- City of LA is 465 square miles, pretty darn big
- Our own six-month academy
- You don't have to work dispatch, they are all civilians
- Shotguns, Tasers, Beanbag shotguns, M-16 rifles
- 21 different patrol divisions / 4 different traffic divisions
- plainclothes and undercover assignments
- 3/12 or 4/10 work schedules
- You get to pick your own days off, no 4 and 2. What's better than picking your own days off?
- Great year-round weather, which makes for year round work
- Lots of other stuff that escapes me at the moment

I have lots of pictures if anyone wants to see stuff. Unfortunately I'm not computer savvy or I'd put them on here.
 

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Since you are giving out information, and I do appreciate it...I was curious if you think you will ever see a hiring freeze in this department? I am in the process of being hired as a reserve officer in a town in MA, and was thinking about doing that for a year or two, and then apply to bigger departments when I turn 25. Just so I could get some experience in/test the waters before jumping into a large dept.

Also, if you know, what is the average age of a new recruit?
 

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Niteowl-Wouldn't the reserve experience help me in the hiring process?
I can't answer that. I will say that at my work (State University PD) I've seen the biggest employment success for our student security officers have come from graduates that had attended the R/I academy and worked as summer cops in Maine or the cape. They were also willing to leave Massachusetts to find employment. Some of them have gone to agencies like the Maine and New Hampshire State Police, Chesterfield County Virginia Police, Washington D.C. Police and the Atlanta Police Department as well as federal agencies like The U.S. Border Patrol. Individual results may vary.

This state hires at a very slow rate and the process from several months to several years as the 80th RTT graduates know first hand.
 

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Since you are giving out information, and I do appreciate it...I was curious if you think you will ever see a hiring freeze in this department? I am in the process of being hired as a reserve officer in a town in MA, and was thinking about doing that for a year or two, and then apply to bigger departments when I turn 25. Just so I could get some experience in/test the waters before jumping into a large dept.

Also, if you know, what is the average age of a new recruit?
Anything's possible regarding hiring freezes, especially with the way the economy has been the last few years. Our average recruit age is about 25 years-old.

As for being a reserve, that may help you back there because of the slow rate of hire as niteowl mentioned. Any leg up on the next guy could be a help in any department.

I can only speak for the LAPD; you don't need to be a reserve to be hired by us although it certainly can't hurt unless you get yourself into some type of trouble while on the job.

For the LAPD there is no Civil Service test given once every two years like it is back there. The written test out here is given five times a week and it's free. The written test just gets you to the next phase of the testing process. You have to pass each phase to go onto the next. It's not like back there where pretty much everything is based off the written Civil Service test score.

It's a big jump, moving 3000 miles across the country. Being a reserve in a town in Mass and being a full time officer in a department that averages about 75 officer involved shootings and over 300 homicides a year is certainly very different. If you don't think you're ready then don't come out here just yet, wait until you are ready. PM me if you want and if you have specific questions.

And by the way, it was 80 degrees today. :)
 

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Yea I dont think I am ready yet! But a couple years with experiencing the job and growing up, I will be ready to make the move!
Understood, however, unless you're talking about being a reserve in a place like Boston, Brockton, Springfield, Worcester, or any other major city back there, keep in mind that experiencing the job in a local town back there is not really like it is in a big city like Los Angeles. Think Roxbury/Mattapan on steroids and you'll have a basic idea what it's like out here.

Also, if you do the reserve thing back there, you'd have to be retrained out here because we do things a lot differently, especially when it comes to tactical situations. That means you'd still have to go to our full academy. Good luck and let me know if you have questions in the future.
 

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Since you are giving out information, and I do appreciate it...I was curious if you think you will ever see a hiring freeze in this department? I am in the process of being hired as a reserve officer in a town in MA, and was thinking about doing that for a year or two, and then apply to bigger departments when I turn 25. Just so I could get some experience in/test the waters before jumping into a large dept.

Also, if you know, what is the average age of a new recruit?
If you were my friend or relative I would say go out there take the test and make the jump now. What happens to some people is they wait around here too long, end up getting married with house and kids and then you can forget about moving. I know plenty of good people that had this exact situation and were stuck praying for a job in MA because they couldn't move. It worked out for 2 people that I know but it did not work out for many more. And to anyone else reading this thread or any other getting on the job thread, Stay single and without kids if possible, you must be able to relocate unless you want to pray to the civil service gods until you age out.
 

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If you were my friend or relative I would say go out there take the test and make the jump now. What happens to some people is they wait around here too long, end up getting married with house and kids and then you can forget about moving. I know plenty of good people that had this exact situation and were stuck praying for a job in MA because they couldn't move. It worked out for 2 people that I know but it did not work out for many more. And to anyone else reading this thread or any other getting on the job thread, Stay single and without kids if possible, you must be able to relocate unless you want to pray to the civil service gods until you age out.
I think I know this guy...
 
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