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The Psychological and Medical Evaluation

Applicants who successfully pass the Background Investigation stage are offered a "conditional offer of employment" pending successful completion of the psychological and medical evaluation stages.

Psychological Screening

Pursuant to California Government Code 1031(f), all California peace officers must be found to be free from any ". . emotional, or mental condition which might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer" as determined by a qualified, experienced psychologist or psychiatrist.  To meet this requirement, applicants complete a psychological profile questionnaire and take two written tests.  They are then scheduled for a one-on-one interview with a state contracted psychologist.

Medical Suitability

Applicants must meet the physical requirements for a State Park Peace Officer.
Peace officers must also be free from any physical condition which might adversely affect the exercise of peace officer powers. The California Government Code requires that physical condition shall be evaluated by a licensed physician and surgeon.  An applicant will first complete a medical history statement and then set up an appointment at a local clinic within his or her geographical area.  Lastly, a state doctor will review the medical report.

Drug Screening

At some point after a "conditional offer of employment", the applicant will be scheduled for a drug screening test.  Every effort is made to schedule the applicant at the closest collection site.