Join Our Team

The La Palma Police Department is hiring Police Officers- (Must currently be enrolled or have graduated from a P.O.S.T certified police academy or be a Lateral applicant).  Effective July 1, 2023, new hires will receive a hiring bonus of $13,000.00.

Do you have what it takes?

Recent changes in police services and the integration of the 21st Century Leadership Model have created a new career lifestyle suitable to a broad spectrum of people. Diversity is a vital part of Law Enforcement today, and some may not realize that police work may be just the career for them. Those who are looking for an opportunity to forge a career in an organization dedicated to serving and leading through "influence relationships" may find La Palma PD is the place for them.

  1. Do you enjoy working with others as members of a team directed toward achieving and resetting goals?
  2. Do you want to work in an environment in which your involvement in setting the ideology and direction of the organization is encouraged?
  3. Do you wish to make a positive impact on the communities in which you work?
  4. Do you want to work in an organization dedicated to excellent customer service, both to citizens it serves and its employees?
  5. Would you enjoy being a part of an organization built around developing positive relationships as the foundation for success?

If you answered “Yes” to these questions, then a career as a La Palma Police Officer could be right for you.

Employment Requirements
Age-Police Officer, Reserve Police Officer
Lateral Entry, Academy Graduate, and Reserve applicants must be 21 years old. Police Recruit applicants must be 21 years of age at the completion of their academy training.

Age-Non Sworn Positions
All non-sworn employment applicants must be 18 years of age. (Police Cadet applicants who are 17 years of age yet have graduated from high school are eligible to apply.)

A high school diploma, G.E.D., or equivalent from a U.S. institution or a California High School Proficiency examination certificate is required. A two or four-year college degree from an accredited U.S. institution may be substituted for the high school requirement.

The Selection Process
Applying for and successfully getting selected as Police Department employee can be challenging for many. Find out more about the selection process.
The Selection Process

Personal History Criteria
As part of the selection process, applicants who are invited to start the background process will be asked to complete a Personal History Form.
Personal History Criteria