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

Magnet schools

West LA College

Cal State LA

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. It is the capstone program of the Los Angeles Police Academy Magnet Schools network, which includes two magnet middle school and eight magnet high school sites.

POPP recruits rising 12th graders and recent high school graduates, aged 16-21, into a fast-paced, career-oriented program for students that aspire to join the ranks of the LAPD. 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, sheriff’s deputies, and more.

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, and all academic classes are taught by West Los Angeles College instructional staff. (Note: while COVID-related social distancing measures are active, these academic classes are held primarily online.) 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 that are fully transferrable to the Cal State and UC systems.

Indeed, upon graduating, many POPP graduates also choose to continue their education by matriculating to Cal State-LA, where POPP supports a summer enrichment program in forensics and where many POPP alumni have gone on to earn bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice.

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 qualifications for admission.

  • Launch

    the POPP application and gather all required materials, including scanned copies of your transcripts and a letter of recommendation.

  • Complete

    the application. Be sure to include thorough answers to the long-form questions detailing your reasons for wanting to attend POPP and your interest in becoming a law enforcement officer.

  • Submit

    your complete application. We will notify applicants as to their admission status on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.

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