Law Enforcement Recruitment

The Office of Protective Services is a 24 hour full service law enforcement agency which employs uniquely trained law enforcement personnel specializing in protecting staff, patients, and the public in and around our hospital facilities through competent, professional, law enforcement services while facilitating treatment of the mentally ill with compassion. Our office utilizes experienced Investigators to maintain our Department’s standards; highly trained Communications Operators to dispatch calls; and Officers whom patrol and respond to calls to ensure the highest safety level is met at our secured treatment facilities.

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For information on becoming an investigator with DSH and how to apply please see:

Office of Special Investigations (OSI)

Investigators  conduct independent criminal, civil, and/or administrative investigations to detect or verify suspected violations of Federal, State, and/or local laws, rules, or regulations; obtaining and verifying evidence to support administrative action and/or prosecution; making arrests; cooperating with and securing the assistance of Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies; preparing clear, concise, and accurate documents and reports detailing investigation activities and findings with due diligence in evaluating and preparing the case for appropriate clearance or presentation to a prosecutor for filing of criminal charges.

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For more information on becoming a Communications Operator with DSH and how to apply: http//

DSH Communication Operators provide dispatch service to DSH employees, patients and members of the public or assistance that may be needed in emergencies. The ability of the Communications Operator to dispatch quickly and effectively for emergency service is critical. DSH Communications Operators provides information to personnel in the field using a variety of computerized and manual information systems, providing telecommunications support, using the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) and other local, regional, and national databases. This provides the capability of providing continuous communication between the Communication Center and emergency personnel; while maintaining radio and activity logs in the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system.

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For more information on becoming a Police Officer with DSH and how to apply:

Applicants for the position of Hospital Police Officer (HPO) are given a general law enforcement written examination, which is offered four times a year. Applicants whom pass the written examination, are scheduled for a Background Intake Orientation. Successful applicants are subject to an extensive Peace Officer background investigation, including a medical and psychological screening. An applicant must meet the following criteria: be 21 years of age by date of appointment and have no felonies or other disqualifying misdemeanor convictions, be a U.S. citizen or eligible for application for U.S. citizenship, possess a valid CA Driver's License, completion of High School or equivalent to the completion of the 12th grade, other specific minimum qualifications may apply. A standard State Application (Std. 678) must be submitted for acceptance to the next available HPO written examination.


Please see Police Officer Brochure:
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For further information about DSH Law Enforcement Recruitment, contact the Office of Protective Services Hiring Coordinator at: (916) 651-7315.


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Quarterly Written Exams for DSH Police Officers:

  • March 2, 2019 – Final Filing Date – Cut Off February 2, 2019