By Office of Peace Officer Selection staff

CDCR employees and retirees have turned out to be one of the best ways for the Department to meets its recruitment goals, reducing the need for mandatory overtime and working extra shifts. Next year, the Department plans to increase hiring, so employees are urged to continue being examples in their communities to help bring in more applicants.

For Fiscal Year 2018-2019, Office of Peace Officer Selection (OPOS) is scheduled to hire 1,760 candidates for correctional officer, more than a 10 percent increase over the current year’s schedule of 1,560 hires. Currently, the Department is receiving the lowest number of correctional officer applications to-date. Additionally, law enforcement recruitment is down nationwide, meaning CDCR is competing with other law enforcement agencies for the same candidates.

When the Department surveyed candidates on how they learned about a career opportunity with CDCR, two out of every three applicants said they were referred by a friend or family member and 85 percent of the friends and family members are current or former CDCR staff.

“We really appreciate the support we get from our employees to meet the department’s correctional officer hiring needs,” said OPOS Chief Rob Calderon. “We really couldn’t do it without them in looking at the numbers.”

It’s clear from the data that CDCR employees make the best recruiters. So keep up the good work, and keep telling people about the great career opportunities with CDCR.

Interested applicants can apply online at

To educate potential applicants on the selection process, Frequently Asked Questions can be found at:
1 (866) 232-JOBS (5627)