Residents interested in a career in law enforcement have a three-day window to apply for a position with the California Highway Patrol next month.
The CHP will be accepting applications from Jan. 3 through Jan. 5. Andrea Witmer, captain of the CHP’s Bishop Field Office, said this is the first time in three years the CHP will be accepting applications for officer positions.
“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,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “A career with a law enforcement agency like the CHP offers unlimited opportunities for someone who is looking for a challenge.”
In addition to patrolling state roads and highways, the CHP operates a number of other divisions, including helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft, a mounted division that patrols the state capitol and boat divisions that patrol the Golden Gate area of San Francisco.
Bishop CHP Officer Brian Mackenzie said that all CHP officers start as regular patrol officers and are required to serve at their first post for at least one year before moving on to a special division.
“Officers are needed throughout California,” Farrow said. “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.”
Locally, Mackenzie said it is too early to tell if there will be openings in the Bishop Field Office when this group of candidates graduates from the rigorous CHP boot camp in Sacramento. He did say that a number of local officers have put in for transfers out-of-the-area. If those transfers are granted, the local office will be hiring. He added that there are currently positions open in the Bridgeport Office of the CHP.
Mackenzie said the CHP opens many doors for those interested in law enforcement, as its boot camp is one of the most intensive in the nation. Peace Officer’s Standards and Training requirements mandate three months of training for law enforcement hopefuls, but the CHP boot camp is about seven months long.
“We are overqualified
for almost everything,” Mackenzie said.
When new officers graduate from CHP training, they are eligible candidates for positions with the Secret Service.
Those who plan to apply must be 20-35 years old, a U.S. citizen, have no felony convictions and be a high school graduate (or equivalent). Each applicant will be required to complete a selection process, including a written test, physical ability test, appraisal panel interview, a background investigation, a medical/vision evaluation and a psychological evaluation.
“The hardest thing is the background check,” Mackenzie said. “They look at all aspects of your life – past drug use, your personal life, financial. The background check is extensive and thorough.”
He added that anyone who is considering applying for a position with the CHP must be prepared “to live the CHP Academy (with daily physical training, extensive classroom exercises and other training) for seven months.”
Anyone who is interested in applying or seeking more information is encouraged to visit www.chpcareers.com .
Interested parties can also contact Officer Brian Mackenzie at the Bishop CHP Field Office at (760) 872-5960 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or stop by the Bishop CHP office on South Main Street.