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What is PDI?
PDI, or the Professional Development Institute is a series of world-class training courses offered by the training unit of the Los Angeles Police Protective League.
Who teaches PDI courses?
All PDI instructors are world-class experts in their fields with years of real-world experience. Each class is taught be different expert instructors; one size does not fit all at PDI.
Click here for instructor bios and which PDI course they teach.
Who can attend a PDI class?
Primarily, PDI’s target audience is sworn personnel from the rank of police officer through lieutenant, however non-sworn members of our profession and members of all ranks are welcome.
Although LAPPL members are made up of Los Angeles Police Officers; PDI welcomes and encourages law enforcement personnel from any agency to attend. Regional attendance and networking benefits all attendees.
All agencies are welcome.
How can I register for a class?
Where are PDI classes held?
Currently, all PDI classes are held in Downtown Los Angeles. The specific address and instructions will be emailed to each student upon registration. Ample secure parking is available at the training location.
When is the tuition due?
Course tuition is due by the first day of the course unless other arrangements have been made.
Are PDI course CA POST certified?
Yes. Most, if not all, PDI courses are POST certified. Please refer to each individual PDI course to verify POST certification for that class.
Do students receive POST credit for successfully completing a PDI course?
Yes. Once CA POST certified courses are completed, CPT credit will automatically be listed on attendees’ POST Profile.
Students may check their POST profile by clicking here; Online POST Profile (ca.gov)
Are PDI classes POST reimbursable?
Yes. Most PDI courses have a POST Training Reimbursement Plan applicable to them. Please refer to each course for which plan is attached to that specific course.
For an explanation of POST Training Reimbursement Plans, please visit POST Training Reimbursement Program (ca.gov) and 11 CCR 1015 Reimbursements for Training – California Code of Regulations (westlaw.com).
Submittal for POST training reimbursement remains the responsibility of each agency for submittal to POST.
Questions regarding the reimbursement process can be directed to the appropriate POST Regional Consultant, or email the POST Reimbursement Support unit, or call them at (916) 227-3909. You may also email the POST Technical Support unit or call them at (916) 227-4858 or (916) 227-8686.
Feel free to contact us with any questions as well.
Can I purchase a lunch ahead of time to be delivered to class?
Yes. All class days over 4 hours of instruction time will have a lunch break.
There are no lunch spots within walking distance of the training location and restaurant parking in DTLA is expensive.
Therefore, the LAPPL has arranged for a delivered catered lunch each class day.
Upon registering, an email will be sent inquiring if you’d like to reserve a catered lunch for the day.
Lunch menus and payment options will be sent via registration confirmation email.
Students are also welcome to bring a lunch. Refrigerators are available at the training location.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.
What classes are offered?
OK, I’m in. What’s my responsibility?
Students wishing to attend a PDI course on-duty are responsible for obtaining their department’s approval for attendance prior to registration.
Students are welcome to attend PDI courses on their own time.
Regardless of duty status, all sworn attendees will receive the applicable CA POST CPT credit.
We understand things happen, so please just contact us in a timely manner if something does occur preventing you from attending or being on time.
Please ensure you’re registered so you don’t show up and surprise us. When properly registered, students will receive a confirmation email.
Once here, enjoy, participate, meet some new people, learn something new & interesting, and have a great time getting better…
What is your attendance and cancellation policy?
Attendees must be a current employee of a law enforcement agency. Outside attendees considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you’d like to be considered.
Student substitutions are acceptable and encouraged as opposed to a cancellation. We ask that if you must cancel, you help us fill the seat by finding or sending someone else from your agency.
Cancellations within 10 calendar days of class are responsible for payment of 50% tuition.
No shows on the day of class will be charged and are responsible for full tuition.
Will my department pay for a PDI class? How can I attend one of your classes?
There are multiple ways an officer can attend one of our courses. Although we are an LAPPL training program that partners with the LAPD for these classes, it may be easier to just think of PDI as any other outside third-party provider of training. Here are some different scenarios in which an officer may attend our courses:
- The first way to attend is to be officially assigned to one of our training courses by your supervisor, training coordinator/manager, or another person at your agency who has the authority to assign officers to training on-duty and who also has the authority to have the department pay for the class.
- The next possible way to attend is to make a training request to the appropriate person at your division or agency. We suggest going through your department’s normal training approval process with your supervisor, training coordinator/manager, or the usual person to whom you would request to attend training. Our courses are LAPD approved for officers of any rank and assignment to attend; however, you must go through the normal request and approval process. If your supervisor and training coordinator approves the request, it is just like attending any other outside training that has been approved. Our suggestion is to make your request in writing and go through the proper channels at your agency to attend and for your agency to pay for the training costs just as they would any other outside provider of training.
- Another viable option is to request to attend training on-duty but pay for the training personally up front. Many of us did this when we were on the job because we wanted to attend the training, but the department was not able to pay for it. Our supervisors would allow us to attend on-duty and not chew up any vacation or leave time.
- a. For members of the LAPPL, the League’s Higher Education and Training (HEAT) Fund reimbursement program application is currently active. The deadline for submitting your application for this current period is Friday, August 12th. HEAT applications are considered twice per year, once in August and again in February. HEAT provides reimbursement funds to LAPPL members wishing to further their careers and attend training. HEAT is open to all members (PII to Lt. II) who are off probation and are in good standing with the League. For more info on HEAT, please click here.
- Our last option, although not a popular option, is to attend training on your own time and dime. Officers may choose to attend training on their own time and pay for it themselves. For LAPPL members in good standing, HEAT reimbursement program applications would also apply to this method of attending our classes.
We have received word from the LAPD that all PDI courses are eligible to attend on-duty and at the department’s expense with prior approval. However, all regular procedures for attending outside training are the same for our classes. We suggest starting with your supervisor and divisional training coordinator and requesting in writing to attend specific courses paid for by the Department. Your supervisor and training coordinator/manager should be able to help you through this process and get you to our courses. We look forward to seeing you!