DSH Police Academy


DSH Academy Class 025  -  Graduation Ceremony on May 25, 2017

Training Program Details:

The California Department of State Hospitals is the largest forensic mental health hospital system in the nation and trains new employees to the uniqueness of our specialized facilities.

Upon hire as a Police Officer with Department of State Hospitals (DSH), successful candidates will receive approximately fifteen weeks of training at the Department of State Hospitals Police Academy (DSHPA) located in Atascadero, CA adjacent to Atascadero State Hospital.

Full DSH Police Officer salary, housing, and per diem (CA State rate for expenses such as food and incidentals) will be provided to all DSH Police Officers during the training period at DSHPA.

The academy requirements include successful completion of 548 hours in multiple disciplines pertaining specifically to DSH Police Officer job specifications. The DSH Police Academy is endorsed by Allan Hancock College for college credit.

Department of State Hospitals Police Officers receive an additional ten weeks of on-the-job hospital specific training with a Field Training Officer at their designated hospital facility. As a Police Officer working with DSH, you'll enjoy a rewarding career in law enforcement while working alongside a dedicated and enthusiastic team of people.

Contact Information:

For further information about the DSH Police Academy, contact the Office of Protective Services at: (916) 651-7185.

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Quarterly Written Exams for DSH Police Officers:

  • March 11, 2017 – Final Filing Date – Cut Off January 17, 2017
  • June 17, 2017 – Final Filing Date – Cut Off April 21, 2017
  • September 16, 2017 – Final Filing Date – Cut Off July 21, 2017
  • December 9, 2017 – Final Filing Date – Cut Off October 13, 2017