The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will swear in 77 new officers during at a ceremony at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento on Friday, October 30, 2020. Under normal circumstances, the CHP would invite family, friends, CHP employees, and the media to attend and celebrate the tremendous accomplishment of these new officers. However, due to COVID-19, the cadets will receive their badges in a physically distant ceremony attended only by the cadets, CHP Executive Management, and essential Academy staff. The CHP instead will have three cadets available for remote media interviews the day before graduation.
The new officers begin their careers with more real-life experience than any other class. The CHP closed its live-in Academy in West Sacramento on March 20, 2020, and sent the seven women and 70 men of Cadet Training Class (CTC) III-19 on temporary work assignments in CHP Area offices near their residences. On September 14, 2020, all members of CTC III-19 returned to complete their training at the reopened Academy under enhanced health and safety measures.
WHO: Cadets Kenton DeWald Jr., Kyle Goe, and Ami Ray
WHEN: 11:45 a.m., Thursday, October 29, 2020. CHP will provide the link upon RSVP.
IMPORTANT NOTES: Media wishing to participate in the interviews must:
- RSVP no later than 10 a.m., Wednesday, October 28. RSVP should include the name of the reporter, media outlet, and e-mail address.
- Agree to embargo publication/airing of the interviews and press release until the completion of the graduation ceremony at noon on Friday, October 30.
The CHP plans to e-mail media still photos and video of the above cadets receiving their badges as well as video of Commissioner Warren Stanley’s remarks and other available images.
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