Hundreds of family members, friends and California Highway Patrol (CHP) personnel gathered at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento on Friday, Aug. 5 to honor the newest graduating class. The 93 officers who received their badge on Friday brings the tally that much closer to the CHP’s goal of hiring 1,000 officers in the next two years. The “Join the CHP 1,000” campaign was launched in June to appeal to a wide array of prospective applicants who may not be aware of the life-changing opportunities that awaits with a CHP career.
“It’s my honor to welcome the newest class of women and men to join the California Highway Patrol and thank them for stepping up to serve our state,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “With a goal of hiring 1,000 new CHP officers in the coming years, we’re investing in outreach to a diverse pool of candidates committed to protecting their fellow Californians and making a positive impact in our communities.”
Upon graduation, this class of officers will be reporting for duty to one of 103 CHP Area offices throughout the state.
“After 24 weeks of dedicated training, these officers are ready to assist in the CHP’s mission of protecting and serving the State of California,” said CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray. “The badge pinning ceremony is a special moment, as it symbolizes not only the officers’ major accomplishment in completing the Academy, but also the exciting future of a career with the California Highway Patrol.”
At the CHP Academy, cadet training starts with nobility in policing, leadership, professionalism and ethics, and cultural diversity. Cadets also receive instruction on mental illness response and crisis intervention techniques. The training also covers vehicle patrol, crash investigation, first aid, and the apprehension of suspected violators, including those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The cadets also receive training in traffic control, report writing, recovery of stolen vehicles, assisting the motoring public, issuing citations, emergency scene management, and knowledge of various codes, including the California Vehicle Code, Penal Code, and Health and Safety Code.
“The women and men of the CHP take great pride in the level of service we provide to the community,” said Commissioner Ray. “As generations of officers retire, it is imperative we bring on the next generation of exemplary officers to fill those positions.”
For more information about the “Join the CHP 1,000” campaign, or to apply, visit www.chpcareers.com or call the statewide Recruitment Unit at (916) 843-4300.