Applications close April 15

By Steve Stone
Office of Peace Officer Selection

The Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is looking for interested applicants to join a team who enjoy working with youth to make a difference and improve our communities. The Office of Peace Officer Selection will begin accepting applications for the DJJ Youth Correctional Officer (YCO) and Youth Correctional Counselor (YCC) classifications at 8 a.m. on April 8 through 5 p.m. on April 15.

The Division of Juvenile Justice is projected to continue running two Basic Correctional Juvenile Academies (BCJA) per year to keep pace with attrition. The BCJA is a 16-week academy conducted at the Correctional Training Center in Galt. On-campus housing is available for candidates from outside the local area.

To find out more visit On this page you’ll find links describing the selection process, including detailed information on the written exam and an exam sample; a description of the physical fitness test including a video; extensive information about the background information; and, requirements for the medical and psychological evaluations. Additional information is available for out of State candidates and how to obtain Veteran’s Preference on the written exam.

Minimum qualifications for YCO include age 21 at the time of appointment (age 20 to apply); U.S. citizenship; history of law abiding behavior; not legally prohibited from carrying a firearm; and, graduation from high school or equivalent. Minimum qualifications for YCC include additional education, experience, or a combination thereof, in addition to the minimum qualifications for YCO.

Candidates for the Youth classifications should possess openness to participating in training related to cognitive behavioral treatment

Applications will be accepted online only at A link for the YCO/YCC application will be posted at 8 a.m. Monday, April 8.