January 2023

Law Enforcement Applicant Development (L.E.A.D.) Program



Interested in becoming a Law Enforcement Officer?

Want to increase your odds of success?

Set yourself apart from other applicants?

LifeLine EMS and the Los Angeles Police Department are partnering to provide a unique opportunity and relevant pathway for applicants interested in a career in law enforcement.

What can a career at LifeLine-EMS offer the future law enforcement professional?

Since implementation, the EMS systems depend heavily on the brave law enforcement officers that respond before ambulances or other EMS resources. The LAPD application process requires months to ensure a comprehensive background process is performed so that the best applicants get selected to protect and serve the community. During this period, these applicants can pursue a career as an EMT, which could offer an integral experience that could differentiate them from their fellow applicants. Interested applicants can begin the exciting L.E.A.D pathway as early as 18 years of age.

Applicants are provided:

  • Support and the foundation to expedite patrol placement and preferred applicant status with the LAPD.
  • Onboarding process alignment to standardized required vaccinations, harassment training, BBP, and other certifications required by both organizations.
  • Monthly courses offered include interview prep, NAEMT courses, references, Emergency Tactical Medicine, and early exposure to chaotic and critical thinking situations.
  • Leadership skills to make valuable team members.
  • Lifesaving skills that could assist with public safety and the protection of themselves and their partners. 

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) Certification

TECC teaches EMS practitioners and Police Officers how to respond to and care for patients in a civilian tactical environment. It is designed to decrease preventable deaths in a tactical situation. TECC is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by the NREMT

The course presents the three phases of tactical care:

  1. Direct Threat Care that is rendered while under attack or in adverse conditions.
  2. Indirect Threat Care that is rendered while the threat has been suppressed but may resurface at any point.
  3. Evacuation Care that is rendered while the casualty is being evacuated from the incident site.

NAEMT’s TECC course is Endorsed by the American College of Surgeons, meets the guidelines established by the Committee on TECC and the updated National Tactical Emergency Medical Support Competency Domains.

Requirements of the L.E.A.D. Candidates

  • Must commit to a full-time schedule, exclusive of mandatory L.E.A.D. training shifts
  • Must attend mandatory training provided by LifeLine-EMS
    • Encouraged to participate in community outreach events (i.e. Stop the Bleed, CPR, etc.) to get more exposure to the public
  • Must align with the core values of LifeLine-EMS
    • Compassion
    • Determination
    • Inclusivity
    • Integrity
    • Kindness
    • Professionalism
    • Respect
    • Safety
    • Teamwork
    • Trustworthiness
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