A Career in Office of Special Investigations

Investigator Badge

Investigators - The Department’s Office of Special Investigations conducts independent criminal, civil or administrative investigations. Investigators obtain or verify evidence that can be used to support administrative actions or prosecute law violators.

Examination Process

You must complete a Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E). Please see the Investigator bulletin for details.

Application Process
Once you receive your exam score, submit a State Application (Std. 678) through your CalCareer account. You can access your account or create an account here.

  • For detailed instructions on creating a CalCareer Account please view our video here

To find available Investigator job openings please Click here.

Background Investigation

The Department of State Hospitals, Office of Protective Services (OPS) has the responsibility to hire only qualified individuals for positions within the OPS. In order to accomplish this, a thorough investigation into the background of all applicants is necessary. The main objective is to conduct a thorough, comprehensive, and legal applicant investigation, conducted with due consideration for the rights of the candidate and in compliance with the governing law and rules. The investigative dimensions and OPS Standard set forth in the OPS Background Investigation Manual ensure that only qualified individuals will be considered for a position of public trust.

*After passing the complete background investigation, you will be required to pass a medical and psychological screening*