By Steve Stone, Assistant Chief
Office of Peace Officer Selection

The Office of Peace Officer Selection (OPOS) will be receiving applications for Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) entry level peace officer positions during the period of Feb. 21-24, 2017.

The advertisement for the Youth Correctional Officer (YCO) and Youth Correctional Counselor (YCC) classifications is currently posted at

OPOS and DJJ have tentatively decided to reopen the application period every 90 days to maintain a flow of applicants in the selection process for the YCO and YCC classifications.

For the last two years, DJJ has conducted two forty-cadet academies to keep pace with attrition. However, in FY 17-18 the demand for cadets is expected to increase due to the impact of Proposition 57, passed by voters in November 2016.

Minimum qualifications for YCO and Correctional Officers are exactly the same, while YCC minimum qualifications require college, work experience, or a combination of both.  Minimum qualifications and information about the selection process are identified at the link above.

Most CO applicants who are interested in YCO or YCC can apply and have their applications merged at their current place in the selection process. Components will not have to be repeated with the exception of minimum qualification verification for CO applicants applying for YCC.

CO applicants whose candidate identification number begins with a ‘9’ (9xxxxxx) are not eligible to be merged on the list and will be required to complete the written exam and repeat all selection components.

Applications for YCO and YCC were last accepted in September of 2014.