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CHP Announces Job Openings for the First Time in 3 Years

For the first time in three years, the California Highway Patrol is accepting applications from prospective officers.

If you’ve ever wanted to be a California Highway Patrol officer, your chance to apply has arrived—if you meet the criteria.

On Jan. 4 and 5,  the CHP is accepting applications for the first time in three years.

“This is an opportunity to serve alongside some of California’s finest who provide the highest level of safety, service and security throughout the state,” stated CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow in a press release. “A career with a law enforcement agency like the CHP offers unlimited opportunities for someone who is looking for a challenge.”

Commissioner Farrow said in the release that officers are needed throughout the state.

“Through this process, we are determined to find qualified men and women from diverse backgrounds who are committed to carrying out the CHP’s mission and making a difference in their communities," he stated.

To be considered, candidates must be 20-35 years old, a U.S. citizen, have no felony convictions and be a high school graduate. Each applicant will be required to complete a selection process including a written test, physical ability test, appraisal panel interview, background investigation, medical/vision evaluation and psychological evaluation.

The CHP’s recruitment Facebook page is www.facebook.com/chp.recruiting. Visit chpcareers.com for more information.

tom January 05, 2013 at 05:23 AM
CA state discriminating against age. Isn't that against the law?
KB January 05, 2013 at 06:41 AM
The headline should be: We are accepting applications for future gov't worker multi-millionaires on the backs of makers/producers.
Bret D. Rijke January 05, 2013 at 07:50 AM
@KB; Though I share your disgust with the way California spends OUR money and gives to free loaders who have not worked for OUR money (which we did work for), I would caution against a blanket indictment of Law Enforcement and Fire/EMS personnel. They actually do work and provide a service. This is not like EBT cards, welfare, housing allowance, free healthcare, and other freebies. These are folks who, very often, engaged on a career path that takes years of testing and applying for these positions while facing stiff competition. And over 99% of cops and firemen will never be even close to a millionaire. Don't let the very small (very, very small) amount of retirees who tap out with a high pension, regardless of the sensationalized attention the media and politicians play to.
Net January 05, 2013 at 09:01 AM
They need to say they're there are three openings. The three are retiring from sleeping next to the construction work on/off ramps with their lights on wasting gas. What a joke, they're not going to be hiring any more than 6 positions probably.
TVOR January 05, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Seriously dude? These people put their lives on the line to ensure the safety of the public. Many of them have to work many hours of overtime to get a salary above what the average person has. None of them make a lot more than the rest of society working their normal 40 hours. If you want a nice guaranteed retirement, dedicate your life to public service and work many long hours and you shall have it.
Martha L. Bridges January 05, 2013 at 05:33 PM
No it is not age discrimination. These jobs have serious fitness requirements, and the state spends a large some on training recruits with the hope the employee will provide 20 to 25 or 30 years of service. The age range is an appropriate consideration for the employer, the employee and the public.
Miss Pacman January 05, 2013 at 07:02 PM
There should be no age limit. My 45 year old husband can run circles around most guys in their 20s. As long as you can pass the tests, you should be allowed to apply and be hired. And I guarantee most people that get hired don't stay on long enough to retire, so that point is moot.
AnnieB January 05, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Its all part of the BIG picture.......
LisaB January 05, 2013 at 08:28 PM
O-Really, have you actually SEEN them sleeping in their vehicles or is it just your ignorant opinion? In my 30 years of driving, I can't say I have seen one officer sleeping on the side of the road. You would figure at the amount of years I've driven, if your theory is correct, then I should have seen many officers sleeping on the sides of the road. As for their lights on wasting gas, they are they to draw attention to the construction workers being on the side of the road in a dangerous position. Many drivers get distracted and may not see the workers on the side of the road, the lights on draws attention to their whereabouts. How many Caltrans employees have been killed doing their jobs on the very busy highways. Many more would be added to this total had it not been for officers protecting their safety. As for the hiring of 6 positions, seriously?! They wouldn't waste the time on an academy class with just 6 positions available...THAT would be a waste of money. Maybe get your facts straight before sounding so ignorant....
LisaB January 05, 2013 at 08:36 PM
I'm sure your husband could run circles around many of the applicants, THAT point is moot. The amount of money that goes into the hiring and training of applicants is the reason for the age limit. Officers can retire in their early 50's, regardless of how many years they have been on (although their retirement wouldn't be that of someone who was hired at 21). This means the cost of putting your husband through the academy then his training out on the roads wouldn't be very cost effective, since he would only be on the roads for maybe 7 years. Everyone wants to complain that the state wastes money, but when they do things that make economic sense in the long run, they still want to complain. It's a no win situation - they are damned if they do, damned if they don't. Make up your minds.... And as for your "guarantee", maybe do a little more research on that one.....
KB January 05, 2013 at 09:31 PM
TVOR: I don't want to work in the public sector feeding at the govt trough - I always wanted to be a productive citizen standing (as much as possible) on my own two feet. At the same time, I'm barely surviving due to the excess tax rates in California which is a direct result of to many state/local gov't workers who are over compensated (salary + benefits).
Constant Comment January 05, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Marfa, how does the "state spend a large some" ? Something? Somehow?Somewhere? Some what? What are you trying to write? (Did this one get past your spell check?) Someone will be watching.......}~)
EQ January 06, 2013 at 12:49 AM
I can't understand why we don't have CHP all over the place. CA drivers break speed limits all the time, cut people off, drive with a sandwich and cell phone, and cause accidents. An officer could give enough tickets everyday to cover his salary and then some! I lived in NV for a while and they were much more aggressive at ticketing law violators. The end result safer slower highways and more officers on the road. Hire as many new CHP as you can, cut the beaurocracy and red tape, and have them reach a quota to cover there salaries. The only people who would be against the quota would be people that like to be able to break the law.
tom January 06, 2013 at 02:56 AM
What hogwash, I know people in there 40s 50s&60a who can still pass pt test. I sometimes think 35 should be the start age. That way they have more real life experience. also they could show they staid out of trouble.
tom January 06, 2013 at 03:04 AM
I know a 55 year old hired on city in San Diego. Sgt major Paris island 7 black belts wipe out any 25 to 35 year old.
Bret D. Rijke January 06, 2013 at 04:03 AM
@ KB; Yeah... those firemen are sure "over compensated". Let's see, starting wage for a fireman (paid) in Riverside County is a whopping $2777.00 - $ 3374.00 a month! Man, that is so extreme! That works out to what? $33,324 to &40,488 a year. In Southern California. Nice try. And Captain/Paramedics make between $3889.00 - $ 4723.00 a month. Which equates to $46,668 to $56,676 a year. Yeah man... that is excessive. I can't believe there are not hundreds of thousands of applicants to get those cushy jobs making top step 56K a year, working minimum 72 hours a week. Try again dude...
Net January 06, 2013 at 04:16 AM
Tom: I bet he's never been in a ring boxing or fighting full contact. Military black belts are pretty week; hate to say it, but its true.
KB January 06, 2013 at 07:42 AM
@Bret Notice in my comments I referred to salary + benefits (aka Total Compensation). And I think the salaries you listed are excessive for those lower skill jobs. And with the large number of applicants for chp jobs, I'm sure the salary and benefits could be (and should be) drastically reduced and there would still be a large pool of qualified applicants. And in reality, we need more cops in this state like we need another tax increase (at least from the perspective of a producer).
tom January 06, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Not military belts. Works out of dojo in San Marcos. He also officiates a lot of competitions.
Bret D. Rijke January 06, 2013 at 04:20 PM
@KB; Lower job skills?!?! Bro... did you seriously write that? Being a Fire Captain and a Paramedic is a lower job skill? Really? Before we even go into any of the benefits, you are going to have to defend and itemize exactly what your reasoning is for claiming that it is a "lower job skill". I think you have a false impression of what it is that Police and Firemen actually do in 2013. This isn't the 1950's anymore. The amount of responsibility that is tasked to these guys is light years ahead of what was expected in years past. But please... do highlight why you consider it a "lower skill job". Also, you do realize that the CAL-PERS pensions for cops and firemen has been reduced? That all new hires now pay almost 50% for a 2.7%@57 formula? That is a retirement package more in-line with the 1970's.
Bret D. Rijke January 06, 2013 at 04:24 PM
@KB; Again, as I wrote in my very first reply, I am in sync with you in regards to how the California Government absolutely criminally wastes OUR tax revenue. But if you look at what is being paid out in "Social Services" to illegal aliens and free-loaders, it makes the pay out for cops and firemen pale in comparison. Plus, as stated earlier, they are actually providing a service and paying back into the community as opposed to those who simply suck the system dry.
Kleiner the Clown January 06, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Older have better attitudes
Miss Pacman January 06, 2013 at 08:13 PM
LMH "did a little research" and all I could find was a statistic saying the average length of service was 36 months. Pretty sure my husbands 20+ years of military service on top of his excellent physical fitness, would make him more valuable than a 20 year old who has never even fired a weapon, or dealt with the public. From what I have heard, they will waive the age limit for Military experience, which they should.
The Teller of Truth January 06, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Yet if it was Marfa trying to get this job, she'd be out suing everyone! You know what thats called, don't you?
Carl Petersen III January 06, 2013 at 09:23 PM
The Teller of Truth 1:06 pm on Sunday, January 6, 2013 "Yet if it was Marfa trying to get this job, she'd be out suing everyone! You know what thats called, don't you?" . . Are you so intimidated by Martha that you can't use her real name?
The Teller of Truth January 06, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Marfa is such a big joke that we gave her a new name a long time ago. Carl, try to keep up on 'current events' in between your little rants, will ya?
Carl Petersen III January 06, 2013 at 09:39 PM
The Teller of Truth 1:35 pm on Sunday, January 6, 2013 "we gave her a new name a long time ago...try to keep up on 'current events' " . . Was it a long time ago or current? Make up your mind. I still think that it is because you are intimidated by independent women.
The Teller of Truth January 06, 2013 at 09:44 PM
"Independent women" ? Shouldn't that read "Women in Depends?" In either case, my answer is no to both.

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