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COVID-19 UPDATE: The health and safety of our staff, correctional officer cadets, and candidates is our top priority. To address COVID-19, the Office of Peace Officer Selection (OPOS) has limited groups of candidates for written exams and physical fitness testing, creating a backlog in the application process. Effective July 6th, no further applications for correctional officer will be accepted. OPOS is working diligently to process current applicants through the process in an effort to again begin accepting correctional officer applications as quickly, and safely, as possible. Request to be notified when the Correctional Officer application period has opened by using our E-Notify.

Apply for a Correctional Officer position today!

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is committed to building an inclusive and culturally diverse workplace. We are determined to attract and hire more candidates from diverse communities and empower all employees from a variety of cultural backgrounds, perspectives, and personal experiences. We are proud to foster inclusion and drive collaborative efforts to increase representation at all levels of the Department.

Becoming a peace officer with CDCR means you are joining a family of dedicated, hardworking men and women responsible for ensuring public safety throughout California. Once you join CDCR, there are many career options you can take as a peace officer including Parole, Internal Affairs, Correctional Safety as well as specialized team assignments including Investigative Services Unit, Crisis Response Team, Gang Task Force, and Fugitive Apprehension Team.

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Military Physical Fitness Test Waiver for Military Candidates

Effective March 1, 2020, CDCR will begin waiving the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) for qualified United States military and veteran candidates who provide certification of meeting military physical fitness standards. For more information please review the PFT Waiver for Military Candidates web page.


Request the Personal History Statement Form (PHS)

Please visit our Background Investigation web page to request the PHS Form (CDCR 1902).