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CDCR continues hiring Correctional Officers

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CDCR will train you to become a Correctional Officer.

Share with your family and friends, CDCR is still hiring Correctional Officers (COs).

For the foreseeable future, the Office of Peace Officer Selection (OPOS) will continue actively recruiting to fill vacancies created by those promoting within CDCR or retiring after a rewarding career.

Due to a declining incarcerated population, CDCR recently announced planned closures of two institutions and two level 1 facilities among its 35 adult institutions.

While CDCR is focused on supporting existing staff impacted by the closures by assisting with placements at nearby institutions, the overall need for new officers continues to be in high demand.

COVID-19 brought a number of challenges, including an impact to recruitment and application processing efforts. However, in spite of these challenges OPOS continued to process applicants and rolled out three online platforms.

The platforms make the selection process faster, safer, and more convenient for candidates. 

Online options are now available for the written exam and the oral psychological screening interview. The background investigation has moved completely online, excluding some interviews. 

CDCR’s current staff serve as our best recruiters. They help get the word out to the community that we are hiring. 

“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 couldn’t do it without them.”

OPOS truly appreciates the efforts of the institution recruitment teams. The teams participate all year in virtual recruiting events to provide information and speak to interested applicants about the expansive career opportunities with CDCR. 

Attendance at in-person recruiting events resumed last month. The events will continue to expand as the state of California moves to resume normal business operations.

Interested applicants can apply online at

To learn more about the correctional officer selection process, watch this video.

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