Photo essay: California Highway Patrol graduates 77 new officers
The officers are equipped with more hands-on experience than any class in Academy history
By Nancy Perry
On October 30, 2020, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) swore in 77 new officers during a socially distanced graduation ceremony at the CHP Academy in Sacramento.
The new officers begin their police career with more hands-on experience than any class in Academy history.
As concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic intensified, the CHP closed its live-in Academy in West Sacramento on March 20, 2020. The cadets, who had completed 23 weeks of their 29-week training at the Academy, were sent home and assigned to work in CHP area offices.
During this time, cadets observed a variety of activities and tasks, enhancing their classroom work. On September 14, 2020, the cadets who left in March returned to the Academy for their final weeks of training with enhanced health and safety protocols.
“We are all so proud of this class,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said. “These cadets faced the uncertainty of the pandemic with resolve and returned to the Academy energized about their new careers,
benefiting from a wealth of real-life experience that no other cadets have had.”
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