Pledge to Patrol: The Associate Community Officer Program

A-COP will provide civilian jobs with the LAPD to diverse, high-quality candidates in order to keep them in the department’s pipeline until they are age-eligible to become sworn officers.

Pledge to Patrol, also known as the Associate Community Officer Program (A-COP), was officially announced during the Mayor’s State of the City in April 2017 and was launched by the LAPD, Personnel Department, and i-team in June with the opening of the application process. In November 2017, the first cohort of ACOs were welcomed by the Mayor and Chief Beck at the first day of employment and their orientation. The first class is made up of 28 individuals of whom more than 50% are women. The ACOs also represent 22 neighborhoods.

The Associate Community Officer Program (A-COP) is an employment program for young adults who have been outstanding participants in Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) youth programs and have expressed the desire and commitment to join the LAPD as sworn officers. A-COP will provide civilian jobs with the LAPD to high-quality candidates in order to keep them in the department’s pipeline until they are age-eligible to become sworn officers. The program offers short-term employment to bridge the gap between when young adults typically graduate from LAPD’s youth programs and when they are legally eligible to join the sworn force at age 21.

The LAPD will retain these future officers and provide them with employment, support, and on-the-job exposure and training to prevent losing them to competing police agencies or alternate careers offering immediate employment. Like a fellowship, the program will provide future sworn officers with an enriching experience and connect them to the culture of the LAPD while making the LAPD more competitive.

Prior to the Pledge to Patrol Program, young people would graduate from LA’s youth programs with exceptional training only to go to other agencies that offer employment at younger ages or, they would take jobs in other sectors to earn a wage. Researched, designed, funded and launched in seven months, the Pledge to Patrol program aims to retain the best candidates in the LAPD while making LAPD competitive with police departments in local jurisdictions and helping build the pipeline of officers during a time when retirement is high in City government, including LAPD.

Our Partners included:

  • The Los Angeles Police Department
  • The Los Angeles Personnel Department