Parole Agent I, Adult Parole
As a Parole Agent with the CDCR Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO), you will be part of a diverse team whose mission is to promote public safety by building partnerships that promote successful reintegration. This includes providing parolees linkage to education, employment, rehabilitative and restorative justice programs. Parole Agents actively guide parolees to strength-based resources upon release equipping them with tools to become productive members of our communities. As a Parole Agent, you are a representative of the department within diverse communities actively engage with various community leaders, government agencies, and the public.
Once you join DAPO, there are many career options you can pursue as a Parole Agent. A few of the career options include Adult Programs Unit, Correctional Intelligence Task Force, Sex Offender Management Unit, Community Transitions Program, Electronic Monitoring Unit, Gang Task Force, and the Division Training Unit. There are many more opportunities available within DAPO.
The hiring process begins with applying to take the Parole Agent I exam and gaining eligibility. Eligible candidates apply for open positions listed on the CalCareers website. Interviews are held for the most qualified applicants. Once selected for employment with DAPO, prospective agents are invited to attend an 11-week Basic Parole Agent Academy (BPAA) at Richard A. McGee Training Center, where they will learn supervision models, firearms training, First Aid/CPR, communication and counseling skills, report writing, arrest and control, and driving techniques. Upon successful completion of the BPAA, new agents will report to their units and receive their caseloads.
Pay and Benefits
Pay and benefits for the Parole Agent I classification can be found on the CDCR website Parole Agent I pay range. Benefits are based on MOU approval for BU6. Refer to BU6 Contract. Current CalPERS retirement is listed as 2.5% at 57 for new applicants to BU6. Education incentive and bilingual pay are available for those who meet the requirement for incentive pay.
A Day in the Life
- From Cadet to Parole Agent
- Pre-Field Orientation Program (PFOP) – Ride Along
- Parole Agents Mentor High School students
- Sex Offender Agent
- Parole Community Partnerships