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Rehired Candidates

What do I have to do to get started in the restoration process?
Contact the Personnel Department's Reinstatement/Restoration/Rehire coordinator at 213-473-9060.

Do I have to go through all the testing phases within the eight-step hiring process?
You must meet all of the requirements for a Police Officer and you will have to complete the Personal Qualifications Essay, physical abilities test, background interview and investigation, polygraph, department interview, medical evaluation, and psychological evaluation before being certified and appointed. The lateral program includes an expedited testing process and an abbreviated training and orientation program.

What happened to my vacation time? Sick time?
Your vacation time was paid out to you when you left the Department. Consequently, you would not get your vacation time back. Your sick time was lost when you left the Department. However, you will be given a new vacation and sick time bank upon your restoration.

Do I keep my seniority/rank?
Upon returning to the Department (Restoration), all candidates will be sworn in at the rank of Police Officer (PO) II. Each restoration candidate will be required to complete a probationary period of between 6 to 18 months. The total time of probation will vary from candidate to candidate depending upon length of time separated and amount of training needed. However, employees who separated as POs II will receive a salary commensurate with their last pay step. Employees that separated, as POs III/detectives/sergeants will receive a salary commensurate with top-step PO 2 pay.

Can I buy back into the pension system?
Yes. For more information, contact the Police Protective League.

Do I get my pension credited for my time away from the Department?
No. Your time away from the Department will not be credited to your pension.

Is age a factor?

What are the training and probation requirements?
Each restoration candidate will go through a refresher course in the academy, which is approximately 152 hours of in-service mode training. Probation will last up to 18 months;- 6 months after Phase 3 probation has been achieved.

Do I have a choice of assignment?
You can complete a “wish list” for your assignment while on probation, and another list for your assignment after completion of probation.

Will I get back the same serial number and badge number as before?
Yes, you will receive your same serial number and the Department will try to accommodate returning your same badge number, but you are not guaranteed the same badge.

What are the uniform allowances?
You will be eligible for a uniform allowance upon completion of probation.

What uniform and equipment requirements are there?
You will be issued the same equipment as all new police officers (e.g., gun, Sam Brown, 2 long sleeve uniforms, etc.)

I was gone for more than three years and my POST certificate expired, can I come back?
A rehire candidate is a former L.A.P.D. officer that has left the Department for more than three years and has an expired POST certificate. This candidate will have to complete the full eight-step hiring process, starting with the PQE, and will have to go through the entire seven-month Academy. This candidate will come in at a P-I status and starting pay will depend on their law enforcement experience just like a lateral candidate.


If the rehire candidate goes through the “POST Requalification Course", on their own time and cost, they will also be required to complete the full eight-step hiring process. However, the rehire candidate will have a shortened Academy and will come in at P-II status.

A restoration candidate is a former L.A.P.D. officer that has left the Department for three years or less and wants to come back, but still has a valid POST certificate that has not yet expired. This candidate will start the Hiring Process at the Physical Abilities Test. This candidate will go through a shortened Academy and will come in at P-II status.

How long will this process take?
The restoration process will take an average of 60-90 days, but may vary on a case by case basis.

Is there a lateral police academy?
Yes. For more information, please contact Recruitment and Employment Section at 866-444-LAPD.
For any further questions, please feel free to contact any one of our recruiters at our toll free number 866-444-LAPD.