LAPD Entrance Exam


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chaoslord
July 15, 2003, 05:04 PM
Hello everyone, I know there are quite a few LEO's here so I was wondering if you could let me in on some things.

The local comunity college is having an open testing for the LAPD on Thursday the 17th.

I am currently looking for work and I have always been facinated with LE so it seems like perfect timing. The test is free and I am relativly certain I could pass it, my question is where does it go from there?

I am a tad overweight so I am sure the initial physical portion of training would about kill me, but I also think it will be worth it.

So lay it on me guys, what should I expect if I do infact pass this test?

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4v50 Gary
July 15, 2003, 05:12 PM
Midnight shifts and lousy days off. Your girlfriend gets tired of you not being able to take her out on Fri-Sat nights. Go Feds. It's cleaner and better opportunities for second career when you retire.

50 Freak
July 15, 2003, 05:27 PM
I second the Feds,

After high school I wanted to go into LE, went through the entire LAPD process, at the end of the 6-8 months, I was told I would be put on a waiting list as they were on a hiring freeze for a year or two. I told them after all the hell they put me through, they could take a leap. Why didn't they tell me about the hiring freeze in the first place.

Figured it was a sign from God, I work in a Legal enviroment now and make much much more than a LEO, and plus I don't have to give up weekends or holidays.

Think about it long and hard before you make that commitment. Its tough being a LEO, I personally don't have the patience for it.

chaoslord
July 15, 2003, 07:56 PM
I apreciate the opinions guys, but with all due respect if you could answer my question I would apreciate it even more.

What went on that 6-8 months? What is the process?

Also if you recomend going Feds then I apreciate it, but how would I go about doing that?

Thanks again.

50 Freak
July 15, 2003, 08:24 PM
6-8 months of background checks.

They talk to everyone you've lived next too, your current neighbors, your past employers, your teachers, your ........

Also, physical and mental tests, psych evaluations......

Interviews with officers, and civilian counterparts, etc.....

Its a tough process.

Also, if your looking into the Feds, they really are only interested in college graduates, so you may consider finishing school if you have not, and then major in stuff they would be looking to recruit for. Computers, Languages, etc.

Psssniper
July 15, 2003, 09:29 PM
Initital test is written, don't sweat the physical yet but do get in shape.
Back when i took it, there were three "race/sex" catergories to check:
woman
black
other.........buwahahaha!
Best chance seemed to be if your were in the first 2 selections.
I must have done alright, (for a white guy) they wanted me to take the next step but I politely declined. Took it just for fun anyway.

Erik
July 15, 2003, 09:36 PM
More or less everything 50 Freak said.

Except:

"Also, if your looking into the Feds, they really are only interested in college graduates..."

There are dozens and dozens of federal law enforcement agencies. (FLETC alone trains something like 78 different programs, iirc.) Many do not require college degrees, though granted, to be most competitive these days it behooves you to have one.

Skunkabilly
July 15, 2003, 09:40 PM
From the FBI's webpage:
Only applicants possessing the following critical skills will be processed at this time:
Fluent in a Foreign Language
Accounting/Finance (Accounting/Finance Degree/CPA/or at least 2 years relative work experience)
Engineering
Computer Science or other Information Technology specialties
Physical Science (such as physics, chemistry, biology, etc.)
Foreign Counterintelligence Experience
Counterterrorism Experience
Military Intelligence Experience

4v50 Gary
July 15, 2003, 10:08 PM
Taking the written exam and passing makes you qualified for the physical agility.

Passing the physical agility qualifies you for the interview.

Passing the interview qualifies you for the background.

During the background, you get to see a shrink and take a polygraph; either of which may be used to disqualify you. Your credit, education, driving and criminal history is also investigated as part of your background. Don't need Charles Manson types or the School Yard Bully in LE.

Then you wait for a requisition to open so they can hire you, and wait, and wait. Then you're hired and you go through a 5-6 month academy and afterwards, you're sworn in and go through the FTO and probation.

It can take years.

Finish school in a technical skill (computers is good for FBI) and go Feds. You still have to go through the above, but no wrestling with drug addicts. No frisking down someone who has just pooped or pissed in their pants (and you already ran out of glooves), no getting poked with an AIDS infected needle. You go in clean as a Fed (that is at the start of the shift) and if there's color on your white shirt when you're done, it's because you spilled coffee or lunch on yourself.

Now, the bad thing about the Feds is that they're FEDs. You go where Uncle Sugar sends you and woe to you if it's to NY or SF. Why NY or SF? Housing is pricey there. Go for the cheaper areas that you can live fat on your income (but save, save & save in case you ever get sent to NY or SF). Do your 20, build your contacts and when you pull the pin, you can go into Corporate Security and make 6 figures.

BTW, if you don't drink, learn to. Gotta be sociable and some folks don't trust you until you've drank with them. Don't have to be like a whale and drown a fifth, but a couple of beers or a couple of straights ought to be enough to qualify as sociable. Personally, I think this standard sucks but I didn't set it up.

Destructo6
July 15, 2003, 11:13 PM
Skunk, some Federal agencies, like Marshals, only truly hire from other agencies. IIRC, you also start at the GS9 level if you have a degree. The artificial language test is tough, though. (no hablo espaƱol)

Gray Peterson
July 15, 2003, 11:46 PM
"F@#k govenor Gay Davis!"

With that kind of offensive attitude, If you're going to go into the LAPD, I hope you get rejected. Not every gun rights advocate and firearms enthuiast is a heterosexual. :fire:

chaoslord
July 16, 2003, 03:21 AM
Sorry if my sig offends ya, but with all due respect deal with it. I don't have a negative attitude at all towards homosexuals. What you wanna do is your buisness, and what I wanna say and or write is mine.

Moparmike
July 16, 2003, 04:24 AM
I am not entirely sure I want to go thru all that just so I can say I work for the Federal Bumbling Idiots. Although being a spook would be kinda cool. Too bad I would have to kill anyone I told if I became one.:D

**Mods: that was not meant to be threatening in any way, shape, or form.**

Gray Peterson
July 16, 2003, 07:59 AM
Sorry if my sig offends ya, but with all due respect deal with it. I don't have a negative attitude at all towards homosexuals. What you wanna do is your buisness, and what I wanna say and or write is mine.

You shouldn't be trusted with the ability to enforce governmental law with that kind of attitude. You've shown such a remarkable lack of maturity for a personal who wants to be a law enforcement officer.

Moparmike
July 16, 2003, 08:11 AM
And those sorts of comments (wether its in signatures or message bodies) dont please the moderators. People have had their threads locked for less. As a moderator will tell you (as I am obviously not one), that sort of thing is not taking the high road. While I am powerless to change your mind and your signature, you may want to change it before someone who has the power to do other things takes notice.

Just some friendly advice.

RTFM
July 16, 2003, 08:28 AM
Lonnie Wilson
You shouldn't be trusted with the ability to enforce governmental law with that kind of attitude. You've shown such a remarkable lack of maturity for a personal who wants to be a law enforcement officer.

Oh Bew Hew. Get over it. He did not attack you. You are the first person here on The High Road that I've ever seen snipe at some one.

4v50 Gary
BTW, if you don't drink, learn to.:what: Gotta be sociable and some folks don't trust you until you've drank with them. Don't have to be like a whale and drown a fifth, but a couple of beers or a couple of straights ought to be enough to qualify as sociable. Personally, I think this standard sucks but I didn't set it up.

Should I start carrying a few samples with me in the trunk, just to be social?
:neener: :p

Darn, didn't see the gay part, mods may not like that.

Lonnie, if he changes his signature, will you change yours?

P.S. I think I've edited this message so many times now to keep me from getting banned completley from The High Road, that they will be running out of "E-Ink" soon. HA!

c_yeager
July 16, 2003, 08:49 AM
You are the first person here on The High Road that I've ever seen snipe at some one.

you dont come here much do you?

Ol' Badger
July 16, 2003, 09:47 AM
Take it from one who said a few nauty things. You will receive notice in your e-mail, with evidence of the suggestive things you said. You will be asked to stop or else!
Well, I didn't think I said anything that bad, but its the Mod's site and they will enforce the rules!

Just an FYI to the Snipers out there.

RTFM
July 16, 2003, 10:03 AM
I've seen the good natured, your Glock this.... or your rusty ole 1911 that, even some inter military stuff. But the out right "I hope you get rejected. Not every gun rights advocate and firearms enthuiast is a heterosexual." was uncalled for.

chaoslord never said anything to Lonnie, Lonnie just bushwhacked him from Left field.

I think the sensitive meter has had trigger job that has rendered it too light, now it fires with out warning making it un-safe to have an opinion around.

I'm trying to be diplomatic, not sure how it's turning out. ....

Art Eatman
July 16, 2003, 10:10 AM
A general lecture: The purpose of this website is to promote the right to keep and bear arms. There's not much any of us can really do to change the views of the virulently anti-gun, but there is hope as regards those who are basically neutral on the issue.

One of the ways we do this is by showing that our behavior is that of grownups. Politeness and courtesy and avoidance of antagonizing folks is part of the deal. The lubricant in the gears of society, if you will. At the same time, courtesy and politeness aren't part of being namby-pamby and rolling over for idiots. All I've ever asked for was the normal common sense as shown by those who are truly adult.

If one's signature line offends a member here, it seems to me that there should be some re-thinking: Why aggravate a person who's already on your side? Why be in the position of a tailback with the football, but the pulling guard is POed at you and doesn't block that linebacker?

The politest way I can put it is that gratuitous aggravation is less than wise.

Art

JohnBT
July 16, 2003, 10:14 AM
"You are the first person here on The High Road that I've ever seen snipe at some one."

Yup, you need to read a few more threads. Lots of closet snipers here, but they're good folks (for the most part speaking only for and about myself)

BTW, what is Bew Hew? Did you mean Boo Hoo? :)

John

RTFM
July 16, 2003, 10:32 AM
JohnBT yes, but just trying to keep it on the light side.

chaoslord sorry for "hijacking" your thread. I hope to sink back in to the shadows now. Heck I live in ID, and have no real input on LEO training, so I really just need to go back in to the shallow end of the pool where I can't let my "mouth" type over my head.
[out]

RTFM

CZ-75
July 16, 2003, 01:10 PM
Be careful. Lonnie may call out the Fab 5 to make you dress better and redesign your living quarters if you keep up the Gay comments.

pax
July 16, 2003, 01:17 PM
I'd say that's about enough.

pax

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