The California Highway Patrol Most people think that the sole purpose of the California Highway Patrol is to stop speeders, issue tickets and stick to the freeways. Unbeknownst to most people there are many layers to the California Highway Patrol. From being a safety dispatcher, helicopter pilot, to officer. All that the CHP represent and do is in their mission statement. “The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of safety, service, and security to the people of California.
This is accomplished through five departmental goals: 1) Prevent Loss of Life, Injuries, and Property Damage – To minimize the loss of life, personal injury, and property damage resulting from traffic collisions through enforcement, education, and engineering. To enforce the provisions of the California Vehicle Code and other laws to prevent crime. 2) Maximize Service to the Public and Assistance to Allied Agencies – To maximize service to the public in need of aid or information, and to assist other public agencies when appropriate. ) Manage Traffic and Emergency Incidents – To promote the safe and efficient movement of people and goods throughout California, and to minimize exposure of the public to unsafe conditions resulting from emergency incidents and highway impediments. 4) Protect Public and State Assets – To protect the public, their property, state employees, and the state’s infrastructure. To collaborate with local, state, and federal public safety agencies to protect California. ) Improve Departmental Efficiency – To continuously look for ways to increase the efficiency and/or effectiveness of departmental operations. ” http://www. chp. ca. gov/html/mission. html. The California Highway Patrol is state agency and it is headed by Commissioner of the Highway Patrol – Joseph A. Farrow, who was appointed in 2008 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and then Deputy Commissioner of the Highway Patrol – R. C. Prieto. After the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner you have Assistant Commissioner, Chief, Assistant Chief, Lieutenant, Sargent, Officer, and Cadet.
The type of law enforcement provided by CHP is traffic safety, DUI checkpoints, accidents, homicides (mainly found on highways) etc… The California Highway Patrol is statewide therefore it is very large. There are eight are divisions throughout California and other divisions such as the Administrative Services Division which runs the academy, State Security Division, Protective Service Division and so on. The CHP did have a hiring freeze in place but are now running a few academies. They have recently opened again for testing but have closed it again.
At the written testing area they told us after that they will not do more accepting of applications for another three years. I was really drawn to the California Highway Patrol because of their hiring process. The minimum requirements of the California Highway Patrol are you have to be between the ages 20-35. You have to pass the standard eye exam, be in good health with no physical, mental of emotional disabilities. As for education you need a High school diploma, GED, or California High School Proficiency Examination. You can’t have any felonies either.
When you apply you have to pass a written test that is standard reading comprehension, spelling, word knowledge and at the end there is a fill in the blank. After you pass the written you are invited to do the physical abilities test. It has changed to a more difficult test. They made it harder due to the dropout rate because of the physical toughness of the academy. After the physical test you do the QAP. You go in front of a panel and they will ask you things from your personal history and give you scenarios and give you a score based on how they liked your answers.
If you pass you move onto the background check and if you pass you move onto the psychological exam. After the psych exam you have another, much harder physical ability test. After that you are on your way to the academy. The thing that drew me to the California Highway Patrol was that while you are in the academy you are hired as a cadet and when you finish the academy there is a job awaiting you. Most times it is the most undesirable areas. To be honest I’m not really set on what I want to do but I’m leaning towards a career in the California Highway Patrol.