A Day at the CHP Academy

What a day! I got up before dawn, drove for an hour to get yelled at, taught to march and march in double-time to a gym where I was yelled at while doing calisthenics, then I jogged to a track to jog to an obstacle course. I completed the obstacle course and jogged back to the gym. I then went to weaponless defense training where I learned to safely disarm an attacker. At the firing range I shot 10 rounds through a Smith and Wesson 40 caliber hand gun. I got to sit down in a classroom where I learned how to see the signs of alcohol intoxication on the human eyeball. Then I had lunch in a cafeteria before I walked a quarter mile to the scene of a car wreck where I had to take a report and took inventory of vehicles before they were towed. Then I learned how to drive a car in extremely wet and slippery conditions. I watched a ceremony where 40 CHP Cadets honored Officers who have died in the line of duty by polishing brass plaques dedicated to the officers in the middle of the CHP Academy campus quad. I ended my day by interviewing a young cadet about why on earth he would want to learn 42 different disciplines for 27 weeks to become a California Highway Patrol Officer. He said he wanted to help people. THE CHP is recruiting for the next class of cadets. CHP Officers nominated members of the media to get a glimpse behind the scenes of the academy. I hurt in ways that I will only fully appreciate tomorrow morning when all the bruises are made known to me. Check out the YouTube video here : http://youtu.be/yBG3G_OZGXI


18 thoughts on “A Day at the CHP Academy

  1. dan songer

    A little late but thanks for the nice words in the blog on Don Yamasaki. Good to know you are now . . tell Jerry and Pete I said “Hey”

    1. Mary West Post author

      I would like to share some fond memories of the glory days of KAHI with Dan Songer. If you ever find your self in the area, look me up.


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