Thank you for your interest in joining the Torrance Police Department (TPD). We hope the information provided below will assist in a better understanding of the details involved in becoming a Police Officer with the City of Torrance.


To be eligible to test for Police Officer, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Must be 21 years of age at time of application;
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or have filed application for citizenship;
  • Must possess and maintain a valid California Class “C” Drive License; and
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED.


The Torrance Police Department conducts an extensive and comprehensive background investigation on police recruit applicants in compliance with the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Applicants will take a polygraph and have a fingerprint examination done. The polygraph examiner and background investigation will make inquiries into areas including, but not limited to, illegal activity, recent or prolonged involvement with illegal drugs and other possible unlawful behavior. 

For a list of common background disqualifiers, click here.

Please note that the common disqualifiers are not all inclusive and other information or facts revealed in the detailed background investigation may also be sufficient to disqualify an applicant.


The testing process for Police Officer Recruit is a multi-tiered process. In other words, applicants must successfully complete each component of the process before proceeding to the next phase. For a brief description of each phase of the selection process for Police Officer Recruit, click here.


Below are resources and tips to help you prepare for your new career as a Torrance police officer.


The following websites will help you prepare for the written test:

Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Prep Guide 

The Passing California P.O.S.T. PELLETB T Score for the City of Torrance is 44.2


You must start NOW to properly build a training base and start the Academy at a conditioning level that will ensure successful completion of the physical training program. The following are some tips that will help you be successful in your preparation as well as reduce the risk of overuse injuries:

  • Invest in a quality pair of running shoes, purchased from a reputable running store.
  • After several weeks of easy running, it is recommended that you add the following to your training: aerobic exercises, calisthenics, stretching, distance running, and circuits .
  • Start and finish each workout session with stretching.

A climbing wall is available for practice jumps at Constitution Park on Washington Street between Sycamore and Maple Avenue in El Segundo.


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