OPOS speeds up selection process for new Correctional Officer applicants

By Steve Stone
Assistant Chief, Peace Officer Selection

Now is the best time in recent years to apply to be a correctional peace officer.

Process improvements made by the Office of Peace Officer Selection (OPOS) have resulted in significant improvements for candidates entering the selection process.

OPOS is using Lean process improvement techniques to reduce process waste and improve process flow by minimizing batch processing. These changes result in greater process velocity and a better candidate experience.

Early results from recent process changes show a significantly reduced wait time from application date to the written exam.  Candidates who applied after May 1, 2016 have generally experienced a written exam date within one month of applying and are scheduled for the physical fitness exam the following month.

Beginning in November, with EIS support, OPOS plans an even greater reduction in candidate wait time by shortening the time from application to written exam to just 15 days.

Future Lean projects will look at the physical fitness test, the background investigation process, the medical exam process, and the psychological exam process with the goal of reducing the overall selection process to just nine months.

In addition to correctional officer applicants, all process improvements will apply to future youth correctional officer and youth correctional counselor applicants.

If you have friends or family members interested in applying for an entry level peace officer position there hasn’t been a better time to apply in years. For more information on the selection process or to complete an application visit JoinCDCR.com.

Minimum Qualifications:  Must be age 20 at the time of application, no felony convictions, possess a high school diploma or GED, and be a U.S citizen or have applied for citizenship prior to applying.







3 Responses

  1. Raj Saturday, October 8, 2016 / 10:12 am

    I know someone whose been waiting almost 2 years, does their process speed up also? It’s not fair for older candidates that been waiting the whole process period, and then these new applicants have their process sped up? Steve can u please explain this process to me?

  2. t. vang Monday, October 3, 2016 / 9:04 am

    What if someone fails one of the exams, how long do they have to wait with the new technology? One year is way too long to wait.

    • Steve Friday, October 7, 2016 / 8:44 am

      T. Vang – the one year wait is not a technology issue. If you fail our written exam and can take it again the following month, naturally you should do better on it. To prevent overexposure of the exam materials we only allow taking it once per year. We are developing new exam materials that will allow more frequent testing but that is several months from being completed. If you fail the background investigation, depending on the cause, the recency of the cause is a factor. For example, by waiting a year you may have traffic tickets that drop off in relevancy. – Steve

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