Job Posting: Peace Officer I

Department of Developmental Services - Porterville Developmental Center

Peace Officer I

$4,943.00 - $6,061.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is recruiting to fill multiple Peace Officer I (PO I) positions within the Office of Protective Services (OPS) at Porterville Developmental Center (PDC).


Under the direct supervision of the Peace Officer II (PO II) or Sergeant, Office of Protective Services (OPS), the Peace Officer I (PO I) is responsible for performing daily law enforcement, patrol, and custody activities at a developmental center/community facility (DC/CF).


As a sworn peace officer under the authority of the California Penal Code, Section 830.38, the POI performs a range of duties expected of a uniformed police officer, including but not limited to enforcing and maintaining law and order at a DC; ensures that the security and safety procedures, rules, regulations, and policies are followed as necessary for the safety, welfare, and protection of individuals and property.


The PO I is responsible for preparing written preliminary investigative reports, daily logs, and any other written documentation that is required by the POII.  The POI may perform other duties as required by his/her supervisor.

A full background investigation will be completed prior to a conditional offer of employment being made.  All appointments subject to pre-employment physical and fingerprint clearance.

On August 5, 2021, State of California, Health and Human Services Agency State Public Health Officer Order (Order) mandated that all workers who provide services or work in Health Care facilities listed in the Order have their first dose of a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine regimen or their second dose of a two-dose regimen by September 30, 2021. For more information regarding the Order and requirements for working in a Health Care facility, please visit Health Care Worker COVID-19 Vaccine requirement

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

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Peace Officer I
$4,943.00 - $6,061.00 Salary does not include additional $800 per month bonus.
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Tulare County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities.


These disabilities include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions. Services are provided through state-operated developmental centers and community facilities, and contracts with 21 nonprofit regional centers. The regional centers serve as a local resource to help find and access the services and supports available to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

This position is located at the Porterville Developmental Center in Tulare County.

Department Website:

Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a valid California Drivers 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(n) POST basic certificate Certificate. You will be required to provide a copy of your certificate prior to being hired.

The Office of Protective Services (OPS) is a Law Enforcement Agency. After the background check clears, the applicant will be appointed to the position. This background check includes interviews of employment and personal references; and FBI, California DOJ finger print clearances and DMV clearance(s). The selected applicant must complete a notarized waiver for access to their personal records.


Completion of the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Basic Academy is required (Please attach certificate to application). And current California driver’s license is required. This is a sworn Peace Officer position pursuant to California Penal Code section 830.3(v). Successful candidate will undergo a complete background investigation, in accordance with the Commission on POST requirements.

If you have not taken an examination you must take and pass the PO I examination located at https//

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 Developmental Services - Headquarters
Attn: Araceli Strawmier
Cert Unit
1215 O Street, MS 10-40
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Developmental Services - Headquarters
Araceli Strawmier
Cert Unit
1215 O Street, MS 10-40
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.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
  • Knowledge of various types of developmental disabilities and have knowledge of specific commitments that allow admission to the Developmental Centers/Community Facility.
  • Knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulations, and rules.
  • Ability to interview a variety of victims and witnesses with a variety of physical, emotional and/or mental limited ability to communicate.
  • Ability to analyze, think and act quickly in emergencies and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Knowledge of the law enforcement Code of Ethics and the Code of Professional Conduct and Responsibility as it is applied to uniformed peace officers.


As a state employee working for the Department of Developmental Services, you and your family will have access to excellent medical, dental and vision insurance benefits in addition to retirement benefits . 


Benefit eligibility may be based on job classification, bargaining unit, time base and length of appointment. Additional benefits may also be outlined for specific bargaining units in employee collective bargaining contracts. For more information, please visit the links below:

California State Employee Benefits Summary

CalPERS Health Benefit Summary 2022.pdf

Remove Confidential Info

Do NOT include ANY confidential information on any documents you submit for a job vacancy, such as your State application, resume, or educational transcripts.

Confidential information that should be excluded or removed from these documents includes, but is not limited to, your Social Security Number (SSN), birthdate, student identification number, driver’s license number (unless required), basis of eligibility, examination results, LEAP status, marital status, and age. Confidential information on the first page of applications submitted electronically online, such as Easy ID number, SSN, examination related information, and driver’s license number will automatically be redacted upon submission.

NOTE: Electronic application submission is encouraged.

Multiple positions may be filled from this recruitment.


The next cut-off date for this job posting is 10/15/23.

The first cut-off date for this job posting is MM/DD/YEAR.

Electronic application submission is highly encouraged.

Multiple positions may be filled from this recruitment. This recruitment may be utilized to fill future vacancies that may occur during the life of the certification list.

Possession of Minimum Qualifications will be verified prior to interview and/or appointment. If you are meeting Minimum Qualifications with education, you must include your unofficial transcripts/diploma for verification. Official transcripts may be required upon appointment. If it is determined an applicant does not meet the Minimum Qualifications, the candidate may be withheld from the eligibility list, rendering them inactive and ineligible to be hired for the position. Candidates who have been withheld may file an appeal with the California Department of Human Resources.

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.