Peace Officer I Job at Department of Developmental Services - Porterville Developme..., Tulare County, CA

  • Department of Developmental Services - Porterville Developme...
  • Tulare County, CA

Job Description

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, OPS, 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 PO II.  The PO I may perform other duties as required by his/her supervisor.

You will find additional information about the job in the .

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

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:

Benefit information can be found on the website and the website.

Additional Information

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.

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.

Job Tags

Permanent employment, Full time, Local area,

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