Ken Roybal-CA POST Certified Background Investigator

Ken Roybal

Ken Roybal began his career as an LAPD officer in April 1980. From 1997 to 2001 he was assigned as an LAPD Background Investigator at the Administrative Investigation Division. Ken retired from the LAPD in May 2003. 

In July 2006, Ken returned to the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department-Background Investigation Division to conduct LAPD background investigations. He spent the next 12 years there. Ken was recognized as one of the most senior investigators having conducted approximately 1400 background investigations in 16 years. He has been certified twice by CA POST and was recognized as a Subject Matter Expert in LAPD background investigations. In 2017, Ken was called upon by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office to testify during a federal civil rights trial as an expert witness in LAPD background investigations. 

Ken opened PoliceBackground.Net in 2006 as a website to assist police candidates seeking answers on the LAPD hiring process. The site has helped hundreds of candidates get the answers they needed to navigate the arduous background investigation. The site has been go-to place for anyone seeking answers on LAPD backgrounds.  

In 2018, Ken retired from the City of Los Angeles after 35 years of service. The new PoliceBackground.Net was then opened with more services including one-on-one counseling with retired background investigators and retired LAPD mentors and recruitment officers. 

This website provides the most in-depth consulting services with investigators who have decades of experience with one of the largest background units in the country. 

“Ken was such a great help while I was going through the process of getting hired with the LAPD. He would always take to time to answer my questions if I happened to be at the Personnel Building or through a PM on He made the 2 ½ years it took to get on seem so much shorter.”
Kevin O.
Police Recruit Officer
“Ken Roybal is not only a mentor of mine, but a wonderful resource for the hiring process with the Los Angeles Police department. He is not only incredibly well versed in the process, but his attention to detail, kindness, and patience is what makes him the best background investigator for any and all law enforcement agencies. I highly recommend his services for your career pursuits!”
Christine V.
Police Candidate
"The hiring process for law enforcement positions is daunting! I made lots of mistakes and I wasted a lot of time. I searched high and low for background experts and this led to eventually meeting Ken Roybal. I met Ken while I was in the hiring process for the LAPD. His insight into the process was invaluable! He was able to explain the behind the scenes work done in personnel and this gave me a clear road map as to what I needed to do if I wanted to get hired with LAPD, or other agencies."
Jason B.
Police Candidate
"The attention to detail and advice given by Ken in any hiring process has been invaluable. Ken is a straight shooter and will always lead you in the right direction with an honest answer."
Andy E.
Police Candidate

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