The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Office of Peace Officer Selection (OPOS) encourages interested candidates to consider applying for a rewarding peace officer career.  Peace officer positions provide an extraordinary opportunity to serve in exciting and challenging positions while directly supporting public safety for California.
Established in 1851, the CDCR is one of the largest correctional criminal justice agencies in the country with many rewarding career opportunities.  Specialized peace officer positions include, Investigative Services Unit, Safety Emergency Response Team, Negotiations Management, Crisis Response Team, Gang Task Force, Fugitive Apprehension Team, Parole, and Internal Affairs.
Mostly due to retirement the CDCR plans to fill more than 7,000 peace officer vacancies over the next three years to provide ongoing support to the 34 state prisons, 42 California Conservation Camps, parole, and other special operation teams.  To meet the minimum qualifications, an applicant must be 21 years of age upon graduation from the peace officer academy.  Candidates must have an equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma, general education degree or higher.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident that has applied for U.S. citizenship at the time of application.  Individuals will undergo background screening, and must have no hard drug use in the last 10 years, no use of marijuana, and must be legally eligible to possess a firearm.
Cadets receive $3,050 monthly while working to complete academy training and between $3,774 – $6,389 monthly upon completion.  Peace officers are eligible to receive additional monthly compensation for health and fitness, college credits, uniform, and other pay incentives.  A peace officer career includes excellent benefits for retirement, health, dental, and vision.
Regional Contact Information:
For questions or interest to invite the CDCR, Office of Peace Officer Selections to a Northern, Central, and Southern recruitment faire, please contact the Office of Peace Officer Selections at 1(866) 232-5627 or by email to
The following links provide additional information about the application process.
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