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WHAT IS POPP?

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 schools and seven magnet high school sites.

POPP recruits current 12th graders and recent high school graduates, aged 17-21, into a fast-paced, career-oriented program for students that aspire to join the ranks of the LAPD. In addition, graduates of POPP are regularly considered as top choices for employment as parks department employees, private security officers, police aides, detention officers, and sheriff's deputies.

POPP REQUIREMENTS

Initial requirements are as follows:

  • Either have completed your high school diploma or be currently enrolled in 12th grade and on track to graduate.
  • Have completed the free application to the LA Community College District and have a nine-digit LACCD student ID number.
  • Possess a sincere desire to plan a career in criminal justice, public service, and the public good.
  • Be free from any felony convictions or certain misdemeanor convictions that would prevent you from qualifying for peace officer status in California.
  • Be willing to participate in a background screening, interview, and physical fitness test.
  • Agree to attend a mandatory orientation session.

Additional requirements will entail:

  • Providing contact information from a teacher or academic counselor who would support your application.
  • Providing contact information from a law enforcement officer or other official who can vouch for your character and commitment to the law enforcement profession.
  • Providing copies of your school transcripts.

HOW TO APPLY

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

  1. READ
    The POPP program requirements to make sure you meet the qualifications for admission.
  2. LAUNCH
    The POPP application and gather all required materials, including scanned copies of your transcripts and letters of recommendation.
  3. 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.
  4. SUBMIT
    Your completed application. We will notify applicants on a rolling basis until all spots are filled

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STUDENT LIFE

David M. with his Schoolmates

"I really do appreciate all this program has given me. It is a great opportunity and a whole new experience."
David M


"My ultimate goal is to become a law enforcement officer, and my sisters and parents are the reason I've never quit. My mom says, 'Lesly, your younger sisters are following in your footsteps.' I feel that obligation to push my younger siblings. They inspire me to reach my goal."
Lesly R.

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Esteban G. Signing paper

"I feel very passionate about helping people and becoming a police officer... I have always thought of the people in uniform as inspirational and as role models, and I have always wanted to help those in need and those who are vulnerable."
Esteban G

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