Correctional Officer
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation - California

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• A Correctional Officer (CO) is an entry-level peace officer responsible for protecting the public, staff, and inmates while enforcing State and Federal laws. In a correctional institutional environment, disarms, subdues and applies restraints to inmates; respond to combat/emergencies; supervise the conduct of inmates; stands watch on an armed post or patrols grounds; watches for illegal activity; write various reports; transport inmates; prevent escapes; conducts criminal and administrative investigations; maintains firearms and equipment; and may perform noncustodial duties as a minor part of the custodial assignment.
• Institutions are located throughout the State of California and operate 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.
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Education: Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.
Demonstrated by: (1) possession of a high school diploma issued by a U.S. institution; (2) passing the California High School Proficiency test; (3) passing the General Education Development (GED) test meeting California high school graduation standards; or (4) possession of a college degree (Associate of Arts or higher) from an accredited college or university.
IMPORTANT: Accreditation shall be from an accrediting association recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education. NOTE: Any accreditation or approval shall be from a state or local government educational agency using local or state government approved accreditation, licensing, registration, or other approval standards, a regional accrediting association holding full membership in the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), an organization holding full membership in the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA), an organization holding full membership in the Council for American Private Education (CAPE), or an accrediting association recognized by the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Associations (NFNSSAA).
Citizenship Requirements: Existing law provides that in order to be appointed to a peace officer position, a person must either be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship at the time of application. Denial of an application for citizenship shall result in disqualification from or termination of employment.
Drug Testing Requirements: Applicants for positions in this class are required to pass a drug screening test. (The drug screening test will be waived for employees who are currently in a designated “Sensitive” class for which drug testing is required under State Personnel Board Rule 213.)
Additional Requirements:
• At least 20 years of age at time of application and 21 years of age at the time of appointment.
• History of law-abiding behavior.
• Legally eligible to own, possess and have custody/control of any firearm or other weapon authorized by the CDCR.