Taking The Right Steps

You may have scheduled or already taken a Physical Fitness Qualifier (PFQ) for one of the City of Los Angeles public safety positions. The PFQ is designed to measure your strength, agility and endurance. It is not an indicator of your overall health or your potential success in the police academy. If you haven’t already, you should begin taking the right steps to adjust your diet and exercise program in preparation for a career in public safety. The goal is not to lose enough weight to meet the minimum requirements, but instead to begin living a healthy lifestyle now that will make your transition into the academy smoother, prevent potential injuries due to the physical nature of your work in the academy work and put you on the path to overall good health.

PFQ's are by appointment only. You must schedule your PFQ's on myPD herehttps://mypd.joinlapd.com/PFQ/.

Exercise and nutrition are a large part of preparing yourself for the academy. The Los Angeles Police Department offers the Candidate Advancement Program (CAP), a free physical fitness program available to candidates currently in the testing process.

More information on CAP can be found in your Fitness Log and is also available for download from the JoinLAPD.com website.


Click below to view the Nutrition Guide and Fitness Log to prepare you for the academy.