What are the selection standards for a Correctional Officer?

Placer County Sheriff’s Office follows the same selection standards for a Public Officer and employee outlined by California Penal Codes §832 and §832.05; Government Codes §1029 and §1031 and the California Board of State Community Corrections, Title 15. In addition, our Agency follows the guidelines set forth by the State Commission on California Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (POST), Regulation 11 CCR §1053, when conducting a Pre-Employment background investigation. California Government Code, in part, specifies that as a minimum every Public Officer and employee shall:

  • Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship (Government Code §1031(a) and §1031.5)
  • Be at least 18 years of age (Gov. Code 1031b)
  • Be fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record (Government Code 1030 and 1031c)
  • Be free of any felony convictions (Gov. Code 1029a1).
  • Be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation (Government Code 1031d)
  • Be a high school graduate, pass the General Education Development test or have attained a two-year or four-year degree from an accredited institution (Government Code 1031e)
  • Officers must be able to read and write at the levels necessary to perform the job of a correctional officer as determined by the use of the Board of State Entry-Level written examination. (BSCC Title 15, Article 2, §131)
  • Competence in oral communication as demonstrated through an oral interview process. (BSCC Title 15, Article 2, §131)
  • Ability to perform the essential job functions of the position as demonstrated by meeting the Board of State’s current standards for Vision, Hearing, and Medical Screening. (BSCC Title 15, Article 2, §131) Correctional Officer training requirements are addressed separately in BSCC’s Title 15 and can be found on the BSCCA website

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1. What are the minimum requirements to be a Correctional Officer with Placer County?
2. What are the selection standards for a Correctional Officer?
3. What are the typical duties of a Correctional Officer?
4. I currently work as a Correctional Officer for another agency and am interested in applying to Placer County Sheriff’s Office, what is the application process?
5. What is the application process for Correctional Officer?
6. What if applications are not currently being accepted for Correctional Officer?
7. What is the testing process for Correctional Officer?
8. I’ve taken a correctional officer written test in the past and have a score; can I have it applied to the Placer County written exam?
9. Is there a physical agility exam for Correctional Officer? What does it consist of?
10. What is the selection process for a Correctional Officer?
11. Where can I be assigned to work as a Correctional Officer?
12. What training is provided to Placer County Correctional Officers?
13. What kind of special assignments/teams are there for a Correctional Officer?