Day in the Life of a CHP Cadet

Day in the Life of a CHP Cadet

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017 3:41 PM
Updated: Nov. 10, 2017 3:42 PM

Sacramento, Calif --- These cadets wake up each morning before the sun is even up, and with each task there is a strong level of discipline.
Action News Now Reporter Elizabeth Zelidon, along with nearly a dozen Northern California reporters had to endure yelling, running and an obstacle course.
But that was only the beginning.
Officers say cadets do the course three days a week, then finish with a four mile run.
It’s all part of their 80 hours of weekly physical training.
“Having to jump over the hurdles and do the monkey bars and all that stuff run laps and all the while having these guys yell in your face. And telling you not to mess up it’s a little intimidating at first," said Elias Funez of the Union newspaper.
After the course reporters took part in multiple classes where they learned how to investigate a traffic accident, help mentally ill suspects, fire a weapon, drive along the skid pan - to control a car on a slippery road, and handle a traffic stop with an alleged armed suspect.
"You had the gun out do you have to use the gun?' 'no," said Greg Little of the Mariposa Gazette.
But this is more than just fun and games.
For these cadets, it’s 28 weeks of tough work in and out of the classroom to graduate.
Something David Marchman of Redding hopes to do.
He began the academy 20 weeks ago and says it hasn’t been all fun its actually very stressful.
“I think about it if im out on the road. People yelling at you and you don’t know who they are. That helps manage that stress, “said Marchman.
But it’s something he says is worth it to him.
"After doing my research the california high way patrol was the most community oriented and that’s why I wanted to get into law enforcement because I wanted to help people," Marchman.
He has eight more weeks at the academy before hopefully graduating.
Marchman says since Redding is a high ranking area, he doesn’t think he will come back home just yet, and is now looking for work in the Los Angels and Santa Cruz area.

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