Job Posting: Hospital Police Officer

Department of State Hospitals

Hospital Police Officer

$5,915.00 - $7,067.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

The Department of State Hospitals is accepting applications for permanent full-time Hospital Police Officer positions. Vacancies exist in our Hospital Police Department at the following locations: Atascadero, Coalinga, Metropolitan, Napa, and Patton. Candidates will choose their preferred location during the background process.


Apply through your CalCareer account is highly recommended.  Your application will be received and processed faster than other methods of filing.  If you previously applied for a position, you are still being considered and do not need to reapply.  Contact for your application status.


Applications will be considered monthly and the cut-off date is the first Friday of each month.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

The California Department of State Hospitals is the largest forensic mental health hospital system in the nation. Hospital Police Officers are responsible for the supervision and security of individuals and property, ensuring policies and procedures relating to safety and security are followed and maintaining a secure and safe operation. Hospital Police Officers maintain law and order on hospital grounds, patrolling and protection of hospital buildings, and monitoring the activity and movement of patients and visitors ensuring compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations and policies.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Hospital Police Officer
$5,915.00 - $7,067.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
United States
In Office
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Vision: Caring Today for a Safe and Healthy Tomorrow.

Mission: To provide evaluation and treatment in a safe and responsible manner, by leading innovation and excellence across a continuum of care and settings.

Goals: Safe Environment. Organizational and Operational Excellence. Innovative Treatment and Forensic Evaluation. Integrated Behavioral Health System.

Values: Safety. Treatment. Responsibility. Empowerment. Respect. Communication.

The Department of State Hospitals (DSH) manages the California state hospital system, which provides mental health services to patients admitted into DSH facilities. The department strives to provide effective treatment in a safe environment and in a fiscally responsible manner.

There are five state hospitals – Atascadero, Coalinga, Metropolitan (in Los Angeles County), Napa and Patton and all facilities are fully licensed by the California Department of Public Health, and must regularly meet or exceed regulatory standards to continue providing care.  Click HERE to find additional information about the California state hospital system.

Department Website:

Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a valid California Driver’s License (CDL). You must answer the questions addressing your CDL on your application. Ensure you provide your CDL number, class, expiration date, and any endorsements and/or restrictions.
  • The position(s) require(s) a Drug Screening be passed prior to being hired.
  • The position(s) require(s) a Background Investigation be cleared prior to being hired.
  • The position(s) require(s) Medical Clearance prior to being hired.
  • The position(s) require(s) Psychological Evaluation clearance prior to being hired.
  • The position(s) require(s) a P.C. 832 - Arrest and Control Certificate. You will be required to provide a copy of your certificate prior to being hired.

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of State Hospitals
Attn: Selection Services
1215 O Street, MS-14
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of State Hospitals
Selection Services
1215 O Street, MS-14
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.


Benefits information may be obtained by going to the California Department of Human Resources website at and to the California Public Employees' Retirement System website at

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Daniel Hernandez
(916) 654-2606

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Office of Human Rights
(916) 573-2727
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Special Physical Requirements

Possession and maintenance of sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during physically, mentally, and emotionally stressful and emergency situations encountered on the job; and sufficient hearing and vision to effectively perform the essential functions of the job.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail