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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The seven women and 70 men of Cadet Training Class (CTC) III-19 graduated on October 30, 2020.
The seven women and 70 men of Cadet Training Class (CTC) III-19 graduated on October 30, 2020. (California Highway Patrol)
At the CHP Academy, cadet training starts with nobility in policing, leadership, professionalism and ethics, and cultural diversity.
At the CHP Academy, cadet training starts with nobility in policing, leadership, professionalism and ethics, and cultural diversity. (California Highway Patrol)
Cadet instruction covers patrol operations, crash investigation, first aid and the arrest of suspected violators, including those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Training also includes mental illness response and crisis intervention techniques.
Cadet instruction covers patrol operations, crash investigation, first aid and the arrest of suspected violators, including those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Training also includes mental illness response and crisis intervention techniques. (California Highway Patrol)
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 Vehicle Code, Penal Code, and Health and Safety Code.
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 Vehicle Code, Penal Code, and Health and Safety Code. (California Highway Patrol)
Upon graduation, the cadets are assigned to CHP Area offices throughout the state.
Upon graduation, the cadets are assigned to CHP Area offices throughout the state. (California Highway Patrol)
Officers can work in 140 different CHP locations across California.
Officers can work in 140 different CHP locations across California. (California Highway Patrol)
Created through an act of the Legislature on August 14, 1929, the mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service and Security.
Created through an act of the Legislature on August 14, 1929, the mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service and Security. (California Highway Patrol)

 

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