Do I need to have an interest in law enforcement to apply to POPP?
Yes. All applicants to POPP must have clear aspirations to pursue law enforcement as a career.
Do I need to be prepared to keep and maintain physical fitness standards?
Yes. As with the LAPD recruit academy, physical training is a part of both the POPP application process and the daily POPP schedule. All POPP students perform physical training every day, and all applicants will need to meet LAPD standards of physical fitness at POPP.
Do I need to be affiliated with a law enforcement agency before applying to POPP?
While it is recommended to be affiliated with a law enforcement agency before applying to POPP, it is not required. However, at least one letter of recommendation for each applicant must come from a representative of a law enforcement agency.
Do I need to be an LA Community College District student to apply to POPP?
Yes. POPP is an LACCD program. If you are not already an LACCD student with an 88 number, you must complete this free application to become a West LA College student. Apply for the summer semester of the year you would begin at POPP.
I am a high school senior. Do I need to be on track to graduate in order to apply to POPP?
Yes. We do not provide credit recovery at POPP, so all students applying as high school seniors must be on track to graduate. Additionally, everyone applying to POPP will need to provide copies of their official transcripts.
Note: it is an LAPD requirement to have a high school diploma or equivalent in hand before applying for the LAPD academy.