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  • Minimum 18 years of age, no age maximum
  • Valid CA Class “C” Driver’s License (Out-of-state applicants can use a valid license from their home state while applying, but will need a valid California Class C license at the time of hire)
  • U.S. High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Graduation from a U.S. high school, G.E.D. or equivalent from a U.S. institution, or a California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) certificate is required. Completion of 12 semester units or 18 quarter units from an accredited college or university, half of which (6 semester or 9 quarter units) must have been in criminal justice or a behavioral science.
  • U.S. Citizen or have applied for citizenship

    • The City of Los Angeles requires that a Security Officer candidate be a United States citizen, or that a non-citizen be a permanent resident alien who, in accordance with the requirements of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is eligible and has applied for citizenship. During the selection process, each non-citizen is required to prove that USCIS accepted his/her application for citizenship prior to the date the Security Officer written test was taken. California State law requires that citizenship be granted within three years after the employment application date. For information regarding citizenship requirements, contact the USCIS.
  • No felony convictions

Work Experience and Training
  • One year of full-time paid experience as a security guard, security officer, security aide, law enforcement officer, correctional officer, traffic officer, park ranger, firefighter, or Police Student Worker (with the City of Los Angeles); or
  • One year of preparation as a police explorer or cadet with a law enforcement agency or fire explorer or cadet with a fire department; or
  • One year of full-time service, with satisfactory performance, or two years as a reservist, with satisfactory performance, in the United States Armed Forces; or
  • Current employment as a Police Officer I with the City of Los Angeles, not having completed the Los Angeles Police Academy.
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