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

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.