Hospital Police Officer

Exam Code: 8MHTG
Class Code: 1937

Final Filing Date: Continuous
Examination Type: Departmental, Open

Bulletin Revision Date: 07/19/2019
Equal Employment Opportunity
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Drug Free Statement
It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free state workplace. 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.
Examination Type And Position Locations
This is an Open examination for the Department of State Hospitals (DSH). Positions currently exist statewide with DSH - Atascadero, DSH - Coalinga, DSH - Metropolitan, DSH - Napa, and DSH - Patton.

How To Apply
Click on the link in the “SELF-SCHEDULING LINK” section to schedule yourself for the written examination. If you have never applied for an examination online, please refer to our instructions on How to Apply for a State Job on 

The examination is considered continuous as examination dates may be disseminated at any time. Candidates must meet the requirements to take the written test. Applicants are to respond to questions to determine if they meet the minimum qualifications. An immediate minimum qualifications determination will be made by the online system. If an applicant qualifies, they will be allowed to select a predetermined date, time, and place to take the written test; however, space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that minimum qualifications will be verified by the DSH Selection Services Unit prior to a job offer.  

The 2019 testing schedules are listed below. The online self-scheduling will begin at 8 AM on the opening date and conclude at 5 PM on the closing date or once all seats are filled; applicants will not be able to apply until additional examination dates are posted. Examinations will be given at various locations throughout the State. These dates will be posted online as needed.

The first written test date for 2019 is March 2, 2019.
The self-scheduling period for this is January 24, 2019 - February 2, 2019.

The second written test date for 2019 is June 8, 2019.
The self-scheduling period for this is April 22, 2019 - May 6, 2019.

The third written test date for 2019 is September 7, 2019.
The self-scheduling period for this is July 22, 2019 - August 5, 2019.

The fourth written test date for 2019 is December 7, 2019.
The self-scheduling period for this is October 21, 2019 - November 4, 2019.

California Relay for the hearing impaired:
TDD is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TDD Device.
From a TDD Phone (800) 735-2929
From a Voice Phone (800) 735-2922

Applications (STD. 678) will not be accepted on a promotional basis. Career credits do not apply.

Examination Eligibility Limitation
A candidate may be tested only once during any testing period. The testing period for this classification is once every 12 months. If you have taken an examination for this classification with the Department of State Hospitals - Atascadero, Coalinga, Metropolitan, Napa, or Patton within the last 12 months, you are not eligible to compete in this examination.
Final File Date
Applicants must complete the Online Self-Scheduling within the time frames listed in “How to Apply”. Testing is considered continuous as dates can be set at any time.
Special Testing Arrangements
If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, mark “yes” in the Supplemental Information when self-scheduling for the examination. The DSH Selection Services Unit will contact you to make special testing arrangements.
Identification Required
You must bring a copy of the Notice to Appear letter, a completed Criminal Record Supplemental Questionnaire, and a photo identification (or two forms of signed identification) with you to the written test site. The name on your identification document(s) must exactly match the name on the Notice to Appear letter to be accepted into the written examination. Any discrepancy may prohibit you from being accepted into the written examination.  
Salary Range
Salary information is updated as of July 1, 2018.

$4,098 to $6,057*

*$800 per month Recruitment & Retention pay is included in the salary listed above. 
The salaries used in this bulletin may not reflect all pay raises or any additional bonuses. Verify the salary level(s) with the hiring department personnel office prior to making any commitments.
Requirements For Admittance To The Examination
NOTE: All applicants must meet the education and/or experience requirements for this examination by the testing deadline established by the testing office.
Minimum Qualifications For Admittance To The Examination
Education: Equivalent to completion of the 12th grade.  

Equivalence to completion of the 12th grade must be demonstrated by: (1) possession of a high school diploma; (2) pass the General Education Development (GED) test or other high school equivalency test approved by the State Department of Education that indicates high school graduation level; (3) pass the California High School Proficiency Examination; or (4) have attained a two-year, four-year, or advanced degree from an accredited college or university.

The high school shall be either a United States public school, an accredited United States Department of Defense high school, or an accredited or approved public or nonpublic high school. Any accreditation or approval required by this subdivision shall be from a state or local government educational agency using local or state government approved accreditation, licensing, registration, or other approval standards, a regional accrediting association, an accrediting association recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education, an accrediting association holding full membership in the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), an organization holding full membership in AdvancED, an organization holding full membership in the Council for American Private Education (CAPE), or an accrediting association recognized by the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Associations (NFNSSAA).  


Training Requirement: Satisfactory completion of the training requirement Penal Code Section 832. Candidates may be admitted to the examination prior to completion of Penal Code 832, but must successfully complete this training prior to being appointed.
Job Characteristics
All applicants are required to successfully complete the Department of State Hospitals Orientation training during their probationary period. All applicants are required to successfully complete the Field Training Officer Program during their probationary period. All applicants will receive approximately seventeen weeks of training at the Department of State Hospitals Police Academy (DSHPA) located in Atascadero, adjacent to Atascadero State Hospital. 

Successful completion of the designated training courses is a requirement for permanent status in these classifications.

Special Personal Characteristics 
Tolerance and ability to handle stressful situations; ability to remain calm in emergency situations; and willingness to work at night and to report for duty at any time when emergencies arise.

Special Physical Characteristics 
Possession and maintenance of sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during physically, mentally, and emotionally stressful and emergency situations encountered on the job; and sufficient hearing and vision to effectively perform the essential functions of the job.

Job Description
This is the entry and journeyperson level for this series. Incumbents, under supervision, perform custody, security, and general law enforcement duties and do other related work.  

Age Limitation
The minimum age of appointment is 21 years of age.

Drug Testing Requirement 
Applicants for positions in this class are required to pass a drug-screening test. Testing of current employees who are applicants in an examination, or who are transferring is permitted only if the person does not have a current appointment to a class for which drug testing is a requirement.
Peace Officer Requirements
Citizenship Requirement:
Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031(a), in order to be a peace officer, a person must be either a U.S. Citizen or be a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for U.S. Citizenship. Any permanent resident alien who is employed as a peace officer shall be disqualified from holding that position if his/her application for citizenship is denied.  

Felony Disqualification:
Pursuant to Government Code Section 1029(a), persons convicted of a felony are disqualified from employment as peace officers except as provided under Welfare and Institutions Code, Division 2, Chapter 3, Article 8, Section 1179(b), or Division 2.5, Chapter 1, Article 4, Section 1772(b). Except as provided for by these statutes, persons convicted of a felony are not eligible to compete for, or be appointed to, positions in these classes. 

Background Investigation:
Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031, persons successful in peace officer examinations shall be required to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to appointment. Persons unsuccessful in the background investigation cannot be appointed as peace officers.

Medical/Psychological Screening Requirement:
Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031(f), persons successful in peace officer examinations are required to successfully pass a thorough medical and psychological screening prior to appointment date. Persons unsuccessful in the medical and psychological screening cannot be appointed as peace officers.

Drug Testing Requirement:
Applicants for positions in these classes are required to pass a drug-screening test.  (The drug screening test will be waived for employees who are currently in a designated "sensitive" class for which drug testing is required under State Personnel Board Rule 213.)

Driver’s License Requirement:
Possession of a valid driver license of the appropriate class issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Applicants who do not possess the license will be admitted to the examination but must secure the license prior to appointment.
Examination Information
This examination will consist of a Written Exam weighted 100%.  

In order to obtain a position on the eligible list, a minimum rating of 70% must be attained.  In addition to evaluating the competitors' relative abilities as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the examination has been developed to measure relative to job demands, each competitor's knowledge, skills and abilities listed in the “KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES” section. The written test for the Hospital Police Officer consists of the following four test sections:  

Test Section 1 - Observation and Memory
Test Section 2 - Understanding Written Information 
Test Section 3 - Written Communication
Test Section 4 - Analytical Ability
Examination Scope
The examination scope consists of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

1 - Knowledge of basic principles and practices of law enforcement and basic arithmetic as applied in performing peace officer duties. 
2 - Ability to apply sound judgment in the enforcement of hospital rules and regulations and applicable State laws necessary for the protection of persons and property.  
3 - Ability to physically apprehend and control patients or law violators.  
4 - Ability to remain calm, and think and act quickly in an emergency. 
5 - Ability to adopt an effective course of action in dealing with unusual situations.  
6 - Ability to use patience, tact, and impartiality in handling disturbances and confrontations. 
7 - Ability to communicate convincingly and effectively.  
8 - Ability to work closely with medical and nursing staff to resolve patient-related problems.  
9 - Ability to deal effectively with patients, the public, and other law enforcement agencies. 
10 - Ability to prepare clear and concise reports.  
Eligible List Information
An open, MERGED eligible list will be established for use by DSH. The names of successful competitors will be merged onto the eligible list in order of final score regardless of test date.  The eligibility list will be used to fill vacancies within DSH. Eligibility will expire 24 months after it is established, unless the needs of the service and conditions of the list warrant a change in this period.
Veterans' Preference
Veterans' Preference will be granted for this examination. In accordance with Government Codes 18973.1 and 18973.5, whenever any veteran, or widow or widower of a veteran achieves a passing score on an open examination, he or she shall be ranked in the top rank of the resulting eligible list.

Veteran status is verified by the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR). Information on this program and the the Veterans’ Preference Application (Std. Form 1093) is available at Additional information on veteran benefits is available at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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General Information
For an examination without a written feature it is the competitor’s responsibility to contact the Department of State Hospitals, Selection Services Unit at (916) 651-8832 three weeks after the application deadline date if she/he has not received a progress notice. 

If a competitor’s notice of oral interview or performance test fails to reach her/him prior to the day of the interview due to a verified postal error, she/he will be rescheduled upon written request. 

The Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) is available at the California Department of Human Resources, local offices of the Employment Development Department, and through your CalCareer account (

If you meet the requirements stated on this bulletin, you may take this examination, which is competitive. Possession of the entrance requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Competitors who pass will be ranked according to their scores. 

The Department of State Hospitals reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.

Examination Locations: When a written test is part of the examination, it will be given in such places in California as the number of competitors and conditions warrant. 

Eligible Lists: Eligible lists established by competitive examination, regardless of date, must be used in the following order: 1) subdivisional promotional, 2) departmental promotional, 3) multidepartmental promotional, 4) servicewide promotional, 5) departmental open, 6) open. When there are two lists of the same kind, the older must be used first. Eligible lists will expire in one to four years unless otherwise stated on this bulletin.

General Qualifications: Competitors must possess essential personal qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment and ability to work cooperatively with others; and a state of health consistent with the ability to perform the assigned duties of the class. A medical examination may be required. In open examinations, investigation may be made of employment records and personal history and fingerprinting may be required.
High School Equivalence: Equivalence to completion of the 12th grade may be demonstrated in any one of the following ways; 1) passing the General Education Development (GED) Test; 2) completion of 12 semester units of college-level work; 3) certification from the State Department of Education, a local school board, or high school authorities that the competitor is considered to have education equivalent to graduation from high school; or 4) for clerical and accounting classes, substitution of business college work in place of high school on a year-for-year basis. 

Career Credits: Career Credits are not granted for examinations adminnistered on an Open basis or Promotional basis.
Reasonable Accommodation
If you need reasonable accommodation or have any questions regarding the online examination process, please contact:

Department of State Hospitals - Selection Services Unit
Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm (excluding State holidays)
(916) 651-8832

California Relay for the hearing impaired: TDD is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TDD Device. From a TDD Phone (800) 735-2929From a Voice Phone (800) 735-2922

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