A two-year Associate’s Degree program at the LAPD Ahmanson Training Center

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POPP is a two-year Associate’s Degree program supported by the Los Angeles Police Department,
the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the Los Angeles Community College District & West L.A. College.

POPP recruits rising 12th graders and recent high school graduates, aged 17-20, into a fast-paced, career-oriented program for students that aspire to join the ranks of the LAPD. Over the course of the program, students complete all academic requirements to earn California high school diplomas and Associate of Science degrees in Administration of Justice fully transferrable to the Cal State and UC systems.

All POPP classes are held at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Ahmanson Recruit Training Center, the same site where LAPD officer recruit classes are educated and trained. All POPP students complete the LAPD written exam upon graduation, and in addition to applying to join the LAPD, graduates of POPP are regularly considered as top choices for employment as parks department employees, private security officers, police aides, detention officers, and more.

How To Apply

What steps do I have to take to apply to POPP?
  • Read

    the POPP program requirements to make sure you meet the requirements for admission.

  • Launch

    the POPP application and fill it out completely. Applications are open until all spots are filled.

  • Write

    an autobiography. Be sure to include your reasons for wanting to attend POPP AND your interest in becoming a law enforcement officer.

  • Send

    your autobiography, plus a letter of recommendation and transcripts, to poppdirector@gmail.com. Alternatively, you may mail these documents to: POPP Applications, 5651 W. Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90045.

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