A Career in Office of Special Investigations

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.

Application Process

After completing the Qualifications Assessment, submit a standard State Application (Std. 678). Please see the Investigator bulletin for details.

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*


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Human Resources Branch
1600 Ninth Street, Rm. 440
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 654-2351