It is the mission of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to safeguard the lives and property of the people we serve, to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and to enhance public safety while working with the diverse communities to improve their quality of life. Our mandate is to do so with honor and integrity, while at all times conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards to maintain public confidence.
Volunteers/Interns for the LAPD assist with a wide range of department responsibilities. Each LAPD community police station has volunteer/intern positions, such detectives, and analytical and administrative support.
LAPD has 21 geographical areas, with community police stations throughout the City of Los Angeles. Volunteers/Interns can serve at each location. Volunteers/Interns can select which location they would like to volunteer.
The process of becoming a volunteer/intern begins by completing the volunteer/intern application. You may take the completed application to a community police station of your choice. Every community police station has a Volunteer/Intern Coordinator. You may also submit the application by email by clicking “submit” button on the application. In your email, please indicate the station that you would like to volunteer. After completing the application, you will be directed to a Livescan/fingerprint location to be fingerprinted. It is free of charge. The volunteer/intern application process takes approximately 1 1/2 months. One of the requirements for volunteers/interns is to be 18 years of age or older.
In addition to volunteer/intern opportunities, LAPD has reserve officer positions. Currently, LAPD runs two reserve academies per year. The Reserve Academy is on evenings and weekends. It is designed for people who work or attend college. Some of the requirements for a reserve officer is to be 18 years of age or older, be a US Citizen or have applied for citizenship, complete the Reserve Academy, work two 8-hour days a month after completing academy.
Questions can be directed to the LAPD Volunteer Unit (LAPDvolunteers@lapd.online) or LAPD Reserve Unit (LAPDreserves@lapd.online), 213-486-6000.
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