The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is embarking on a multiyear recruiting campaign to fill 1,000 vacant officer positions by hiring qualified individuals from California’s diverse communities. The “Join the CHP 1,000” campaign is the Department’s attempt to appeal to a wide array of prospective applicants who may not be aware of the life-changing opportunity that awaits with a career with the CHP.
“To meet the increasing demand for our services throughout the state, over the next few years our law enforcement family will be growing exponentially,” said CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray. “We are excited to welcome new members to the team so that the CHP can continue to provide the level of service the public has come to expect.”
To qualify as a CHP cadet, applicants must be a United States citizen or a permanent resident who has applied for citizenship, be between the ages of 20 and 35, possess a high school diploma or equivalent, be able to pass a physical abilities test and written exam, and complete a thorough background check with no felony convictions on record.
“It requires a special kind of character and special brand of bravery to be a California Highway Patrol Officer,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “Our entire way of life – our freedoms, our peace, our pursuit of happiness – depends on those fearless, faithful few determined to protect it. I look forward to welcoming the next set of officers committing to serve California.”
A career with the CHP includes paid training. Cadets earn a salary of $5,563 each month throughout their 26 weeks at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento. After graduation, new officers are assigned to communities throughout California and can expect to earn more than $100,000 in their first year with the Department.
“Anyone who may be wondering if they have what it takes to become a CHP officer, let me be the first to tell you that you do,” added Commissioner Ray. “If you are compassionate, driven to serve, and have a desire to learn, the CHP provides some of the best law enforcement training in the world and we will do all we can to ensure your success.”
Joining the CHP family is an opportunity to be the change and make a difference in the community and the lives of those you serve. For more information about the “Join the CHP 1,000” or to apply, visit www.chpcareers.com or call the statewide Recruitment Unit at (916) 843-4300.