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THE AVERAGE CAREER JUST WON’T DO
YOU ARE MADE FOR MORE

There is a reason the California Highway Patrol is regarded as one of the top law enforcement agencies in the nation. At the California Highway Patrol we set a very high standard. Our job is critical and we take an oath to stand for something bigger than ourselves – to provide safety, service and security to all the citizens and visitors of our state. It is this same courage and honor of duty we seek from new recruits.

We are husbands, mothers, daughters, athletes, military… But there is one thing we all have in common – we make a difference. We strive to be the best. The average career just won’t do. We are made for more. Are you?

By joining the best of the best, you will have a chance to make a dramatic difference every day. It is never the same day twice. A career with the CHP will give you more than you ever thought possible. More purpose. More opportunity. More satisfaction.

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HOW TO BECOME A CHP OFFICER

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MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

High school diploma/GED, U.S. citizen, Age 20-35, No felony convictions.

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CREATE A USER PROFILE

You must create your user profile (register) before applying for the exam.

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FIND YOUR DIVISION

Applicant will choose a division of choice for testing, once submitted, cannot be changed.

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PREPARE FOR THE PHYSICAL ABILITIES TEST (PAT) & WRITTEN EXAM

Where you test has no bearing on where you may be assigned upon successful completion at the Academy. The best way to prepare is to join your Division’s Applicant Preparation Program (APP).

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COMPLETE BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION

If you pass the Physical Abilities Test and Written Exam, you will be invited via email to create an online profile to begin a thorough background investigation

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MEDICAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION

Upon being cleared by your background investigation, you will need to complete these evaluations as well.

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START THE ACADEMY

Once you have successfully completed the first seven steps, you will be ready to attend the CHP Academy and begin your journey to become a CHP officer.

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DISCOVER YOUR PATH TO A REWARDING FUTURE

It’s simple, we pride ourselves on excellence and our training, careers and benefits are no different. With a second to none mentality, joining the CHP offers you an obtainable and rewarding career.

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PAID WORLD-CLASS TRAINING

PAID WORLD-CLASS TRAINING

The 28-week CHP Academy is revered worldwide. All CHP cadets go through the same elite training that takes place at the Sacramento campus.

Cadets also earn a monthly salary while attending the CHP Academy, free room and board, in addition to full health and dental benefits for themselves and their dependents (effective the first month following their Academy reporting date).

GUARANTEED CAREER AFTER THE ACADEMY

GUARANTEED CAREER AFTER THE ACADEMY

After graduation, cadets are immediately promoted to the position of CHP officer. During the period between weeks 19 and 21, prior to graduation, cadets receive a “Dream Sheet”; a list of those CHP Area offices that have openings for new officers. Cadets list their choices of locations by order of personal preference. The majority of initial assignments are in the busier major metropolitan areas but officers are eligible to submit a transfer request after they complete 12 months working as a probationary officer.

UNRIVALED STARTING SALARY & BENEFITS

UNRIVALED STARTING SALARY & BENEFITS

Upon graduation from the CHP Academy, cadets are promoted to the position of officer and will make a base monthly salary between $7,379 – $9,153.

Comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage is provided for CHP officers and their families, with a generous annual leave program that accumulates with years of service in the Department.

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OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH

OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH

The CHP is a very diverse agency that performs many different duties ranging from patrolling the streets to protecting the Governor. Some special CHP assignments include, but are not limited to, drug interdiction, auto theft, accident investigation, DUI enforcement, K-9 units, Air Operations, and motorcycle patrol, to mention a few.

FLEXIBLE LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA

FLEXIBLE LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA

You are trained to work anywhere in the state. As personal or family needs change, officers can transfer to any of the 140 different locations statewide. In other words, you won’t have to spend your whole career working in the same location unless you want to.

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RENOWNED CAMARADERIE

RENOWNED CAMARADERIE

There is a very strong esprit de corps at the CHP, both when going through training at the Academy and when working with others in sometimes high stressful and difficult situations. You will develop a great sense of camaraderie with your fellow members of the Highway Patrol. The sense of family is strong at the CHP.

PAID WORLD-CLASS TRAINING

The 28-week CHP Academy is revered worldwide. All CHP cadets go through the same elite training that takes place at the Sacramento campus.

Cadets also earn a monthly salary while attending the CHP Academy, free room and board, in addition to full health and dental benefits for themselves and their dependents (effective the first month following their Academy reporting date).

GUARANTEED CAREER AFTER THE ACADEMY

After graduation, cadets are immediately promoted to the position of CHP officer. During the period between weeks 19 and 21, prior to graduation, cadets receive a “Dream Sheet”; a list of those CHP Area offices that have openings for new officers. Cadets list their choices of locations by order of personal preference. The majority of initial assignments are in the busier major metropolitan areas but officers are eligible to submit a transfer request after they complete 12 months working as a probationary officer.

UNRIVALED STARTING SALARY & BENEFITS

Upon graduation from the CHP Academy, cadets are promoted to the position of officer and will make a base monthly salary between $7,379 – $9,153.

Comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage is provided for CHP officers and their families, with a generous annual leave program that accumulates with years of service in the Department.

LEARN MORE

OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH

The CHP is a very diverse agency that performs many different duties ranging from patrolling the streets to protecting the Governor. Some special CHP assignments include, but are not limited to, drug interdiction, auto theft, accident investigation, DUI enforcement, K-9 units, Air Operations, and motorcycle patrol, to mention a few.

FLEXIBLE LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA

You are trained to work anywhere in the state. As personal or family needs change, officers can transfer to any of the 140 different locations statewide. In other words, you won’t have to spend your whole career working in the same location unless you want to.

LEARN MORE

RENOWNED CAMARADERIE

There is a very strong esprit de corps at the CHP, both when going through training at the Academy and when working with others in sometimes high stressful and difficult situations. You will develop a great sense of camaraderie with your fellow members of the Highway Patrol. The sense of family is strong at the CHP.

WE ARE MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE
SERVE THE WAY YOU WANT TO SERVE

The CHP offers a diverse variety of career paths you can choose to best suit your passions in life. We are the largest state police agency in the United States with eight field Divisions, 16 commercial enforcement facilities and 103 Area offices, not including headquarters and the Academy itself. Aside from working in patrol and security, officers may transfer to related specialized units, such as motor crime investigation, airborne patrol, dignitary protection, canine handling, and more.

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You are the author of your future. What will your story be? What lives will you touch?

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