What it Takes to Become a CHP Officer

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California Highway Patrol cadets lives are turned upside down during the six months of grueling physical and mental training. But what is expected of these young men and women before they walk through the doors?

“The cadet should come in prepared to do sit-ups, push-ups, leg-lifts and run 1.8 miles. And that takes a tremendous amount of commitment prior to reporting, in order to be ready for that challenge. The typical cadet is not prepared for that kind of physical environment that we demand of them,” said Lt. Steven Mills.

It sounds a bit like military boot camp, right?

“Opposed to military boot camp, military boot camp is much easier. The CHP Academy is a tremendous academic undertaking. The cadet that completes a 27 week academy will have completed over 1,200 hours of college level course work while becoming physically fit,” Mills said.

The California Highway Patrol offers these words of encouragement to potential candidates.

“If you’re thinking about a job in law enforcement, if you’re thinking about public service. Consider the CHP as one of your options. It’s certainly a very valuable career,” Mills said.

Report filed by James Myers

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