The Office of Peace Officer Selection reviewed a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system during the Sacramento office’s September physical fitness test (PFT).  The RFID system is being considered for use in timing individual candidates during the PFT.  RFID technology is widely used at many athletic events including ironman competitions, marathons, and local 5K and 10K runs.

opos-fitness-braceletRFID is a wireless system comprising a tag reader that emits radio waves and a tag that returns a signal to the tag reader.  As it is used for athletic events, the tag is worn by the runner, and a reader is placed as the start and finish line.  As runners cross the start line the reader receives the tag signal and starts the runners’ time and at the finish line the tag is read again producing a total time for the event. A second demonstration of a competing RFID technology will be evaluated at the Oct. 31 PFT being conducted at the Safety Center on Bradshaw Road in Sacramento.

The goal in using the technology is to reduce overall candidate time at the PFT from over two hours, to a total of 30 minutes, and to reduce appeals to the State Personnel Board by using technology that will eliminate human error from the process.  Based on the cost of appeals, at $1200 each, eliminating 10 appeals will pay for one system potentially achieving a break even return on investment in less than 12 months.  Use of technology to improve the peace officer selection process is one of four goals in OPOS’ Strategic Plan.

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.