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Fraud Division Investigator Careers

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The California Department of Insurance, Enforcement Branch is hiring the best and the brightest college graduates and current or retired law enforcement officers to join our team of Investigators (Detectives). The Enforcement Branch has a widely respected history of protecting the residents of California from economic loss and distress by investigating, arresting and referring for prosecution, those who commit insurance fraud and other related crimes.

Whether you’re just starting your career in law enforcement, or looking to expand your expertise, we have an Investigator opportunity for you! In our efforts to fight fraud, our teams of Investigators conduct criminal investigations of felony violations of State and Federal law relating to insurance fraud and white-collar crime, often in collaboration with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, and provide outreach and training to the public and private sector to raise awareness of insurance fraud and the impact of these crimes. As sworn peace officers, applicants must possess eligibility for the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Basic or Specialized Certificate and are authorized and expected to interview witnesses and suspects, write and serve search warrants, execute felony arrests, conduct undercover and surveillance operations, write detailed investigative reports, and work with prosecuting agencies.

The Enforcement Branch offers positions statewide within nine regional offices, alternative work schedules, education and bilingual skills incentive pay, a CalPERS safety retirement, health/dental/vision benefits, unique training opportunities and task force and specialty assignments.


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Steps To Apply

Step 1

Sign Up: Create/Login to CalCareer Account

Step 2

Search: Review the Investigator Job Bulletins

Step 3

Test: Take the Investigator Exam

Step 4

Apply: Complete the California State Examination / Employment Application Form 678



Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where is the CDI Fraud Division located?

The CDI Enforcement Branch, Fraud Division is headquartered in Sacramento and has nine regional offices located throughout the State of California.

2. What does the selection process for the CDI, Enforcement Branch Investigator classification entail?

The selection process is outlined below.

  • Log-in to your CalCareer Profile and Take the Self-Assessment Exam.
  • Search for your opportunity and apply.
  • Interview.
  • Take the POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (Pellet B), if an applicant is required to attend a police academy upon hire.
  • Background Investigation.
  • Executive Interview.
  • Conditional Offer of Employment.
  • Psychological and Medical Evaluation.
  • Human Resources Management Division Clearance.
  • Start Date as a Probationary Employee.
  • Academy, if required.

Not all candidates will progress through all stages of the selection process. Continuation is contingent upon an applicant’s qualifications, assessment scores, and suitability for employment as evaluated and determined at various stages of the selection process.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the POST Peace Officer Candidate Selection Process resource page for more information on the various stages and how to best prepare for success. POST provides guidance on interviewing, preparing for the PELLET B exam and the background investigation process.

3. If hired, which Academy will I attend?

CDI utilizes various regional public safety training centers and allied agency academies throughout California. The academy location is subject to agency discretion. However, whenever practical, the academy location will be selected in a geographical area near the applicant’s assigned regional office or home.

4. How should I prepare for a Regular Basic Police Academy?

Physically: Start a physical training program immediately. Your program should minimally include, endurance (running), strength (upper body pull-ups, push-ups and bench press), and core strength (sit-ups) exercises.

Mentally: Adopt the study habits of a college student. The Academy is academically challenging. There are 48 separate POST learning domains taught in the Academy. Testing methods include written, multiple choice, and demonstrative skills. Examples of POST written test formats can be found at the POST website at

5. If I do not want to be a sworn peace officer, can I still be an Investigator?

Yes, we offer Special Investigator positions in our Investigation Division. Our Special Investigators are not required to attend a Regular Basic Police Academy, and do not carry a firearm in the course of their duties. For more information, please visit our Investigation Division Special Investigator Careers page.


See Your Future With Us

Fighting Insurance Fraud, Protecting Consumers!


For questions regarding Investigator positions with the Fraud Division, please contact a recruiter.

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