By Rosanna Rodriguez, Office of Peace Officer Selection

It’s no secret the Department’s best recruiters are its own employees. Data from surveys show candidates learn about a career opportunity with CDCR from a friend or family Correctional Officer Recruitment Postermember and 85 percent of the friends and family members are current or former CDCR staff.

With the holidays and family gatherings upon us, and New Year’s resolutions around the corner, it’s the perfect time to spread the word that “we’re hiring correctional officers.”

Law enforcement recruitment is down nationwide and CDCR has experienced a dramatic decrease in applications over the last several years. In response, recruitment and marketing efforts are being ramped up statewide.

Institution recruitment teams are being re-established at each institution and over 130 peace officer recruiters have been trained on recruitment goals, materials, pay and benefits, versed on how to answer frequently asked questions by prospective applicants, and how to best represent CDCR to the public.

CDCR recruitment efforts will continue to intensify in the coming months as the institution recruitment teams attend career fairs, colleges, military bases, and other events in the local community to recruit peace officers.

In January, the Office of Peace Officer Selection will kick off the “New Year, New Career” campaign including one-day workshops for correctional officer candidates in areas remote to the OPOS Testing Centers.

The workshops will consist of an informational presentation as well as an opportunity to apply onsite and take the written examination the same day. More information will follow on how to register.

Visit WWW.JOINCDCR.COM to apply.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found at:  https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/career_opportunities/por/FAQ.html