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Brief Window of Opportunity to Apply for CHP Fast Approaching

The California Highway Patrol will allow those interested in becoming officers with the agency a chance to apply beginning Monday. Applications will only be accepted during a four-day period.

Patch file photo by Renee Schiavone.
Patch file photo by Renee Schiavone.
The following is a news release from the California Highway Patrol: 

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will accept applications in July from individuals interested in a career as a CHP officer. The CHP is looking to hire cadets from a pool of applicants to fill vacant officer positions throughout the state.

“We are looking for members of our communities to join one of the most well-known law enforcement agencies in the world,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “The CHP is looking for men and women who represent the diverse communities that we serve to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to the people of California.”

Applications will only be accepted online during a four-day period beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 7, and ending at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, 2014. 

This brief application period marks the first time this year the CHP has accepted applications. Those interested in applying, or seeking additional information, should visit www.chpcareers.com.

“A life with the CHP is a career, not a job,” added Commissioner Farrow. “We invite all interested members of our communities to apply during the four day application period.”

Minimum qualifications for candidates include: 

  • must be 20-35 years old
  • a U.S. citizen
  • have no felony convictions
  • be a high school graduate
Each applicant will be required to complete:
  • a physical ability test
  • written test
  • background investigation
  • medical/vision evaluation
  • psychological evaluation

All components of the testing process as well as an applicant study guide and practice test can be found online at www.chpcareers.com. Be sure to visit the CHP’s recruitment Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chp.recruiting




Steve Mehlman July 11, 2014 at 05:01 PM
You are right about one thing. Even if you win, you lose. :)..... But age discrimination is a sore point with me; I've had it happen to me. And I'd ask Southernbelle to walk a mile in my shoes before condemning me for just "bitching.".....I think that age discrimination robs our society of strong, competent, experienced, knowledgeable people....Also, Jeremiah if someone is physically and mentally fit for combat, why shouldn't they serve?.... There are so many ways to measure an individual's capabilities. So why do we ignore all of them and just base this life-altering decision on an arbitrary age...a calendar no more determines a person's fitness and ability than his wallet determines the amount of money he has.
Jeremiah July 11, 2014 at 08:23 PM
Steve - I actually agree with both viewpoints and I am suffering that age discrimination thing right now myself. It has been over 4 years of looking and having exactly 6 job interviews and four of those turned out to be scams to have you work for a month cheaply and then they let you go and hire someone else on the cheap so I didn't take them. This is with a history of owning 3 of my own companies and successfully selling them and being the general manager of another for 8 years before leaving to form my own business again. And I am still fit and can work youngsters in the ground and I do on my construction projects I oversee occasionally for a contractor friend. Age is the factor keeping me unemployed, so I well know what you are speaking of! **** That said, after having an unexplained stroke out of nowhere I have to say that the possibility of medical problems grows with age - even if you happen to be the one it hasn't happened to. 60 is about the breaking point when the risk of things happening starts growing and as each year passes risk turns into probability at some point. In a lot of jobs this shouldn't matter - but there are certain jobs where other people depend on you being 100% and these people could be at great risk if something went wrong at the wrong time. So these positions have an arbitrary age limit based on risk and probability. Is it fair to a fit older person to be turned down because they have passed a certain number? No - but neither is it fair to expose citizens to increased risk. I make a distinction between those jobs and the ones people can do which don't place increased risk on people that are denied them by employers because of age. **** Jeremiah
southernbelle July 12, 2014 at 06:44 PM
I appreciate your comment Jeremiah and I don't think I could've said it better myself, so I won't be redundant. Except to repeat only one thing-- This is why Mr Melhman: "the age limit is based on the medical risk profile that would endanger both the employee and the public he is tasked with serving. The likelihood of sudden debilitating circumstances increases with age and these jobs have a stress level which can precipitate it." I'm still of working age yet from day to day I have bizarre health issues pop up. I run abt 3-5 miles per day, 5-6 days a week. I'm in excellent health. I'm also clever and a bright individual. Yet I've begun having pains in places, and I'm also getting forgetful. My eyesight is decreasing. I get stressed easier than I used to. Because this is our natural human aging process. we age. we just do. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Now, in reading this article, I didn't read, nor did I realize we were discussing being let go at a certain age. I thought we were talking about applying for the job, where can age limit is set due to medical and statistical averages. So I agree with you, I do not think a person should be let go the day they turn 62. Most others do also, that;s why we are offered pensions at particular ages for incentive. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Lastly, your point using vote vs age limits is like comparing dogs to elephants, and completely irrelevant. We're talking about a person's capability to perform a certain type of job.
southernbelle July 12, 2014 at 06:55 PM
**** And I bet SouthernBelle knows something many women and men have forgotten - it's a whole lot more fun acting out the roles when men act like men and women act like women and we all play the game and enjoy life as equal but thankfully different! **** Any good man who values his life knows women are superior to men and don't argue with them because even if you win, you lose!! :-) **** hahahahahahahahahaha!!! Yep, exactly how I feel. There are many many careers out there to choose from. Maybe a girl's passion is to put on 100 lbs of equipment and run up stairs to fight a fire and carry out a 250 lb man- but I'm guessing more aren't than are interested in that. But I'll tell you what, if my daddy's house catches fire and some gal runs up his stairs she best be able to carry him down because HIS life depends on it. And if she can't, then her taking a job she's unable to perform is just wrong.
southernbelle July 12, 2014 at 07:01 PM
one more thing--Mr Melhman, Not sure how long you've been in the area or if you are familiar with LA county hiring for Police and fire. But over the past 10 yrs they have had to lower their physical ability testing, as well as their hiring requirements because they had to account for women's physical abilities, and not enough men or women were passing the orals due to prior drug use (even trying it once counts), criminal records (DUI's fall in this), etc. This is also why the quality is lower than it used to be. We haven't seen nothing yet! It's abt to get a whole lot worse because no one wants police officer jobs anymore. so sad how we treat them!


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