CALIFORNIA - California now has 77 new officers ready to patrol its highways.
On Friday dozens of officers were sworn in at Sacramento's California Highway Patrol (CHP) Academy.
The class of seven women and 70 men all completed what would normally be their 29-week training, but this year it took 53 weeks for them to graduate. This was all due to the difficulties of conducting law enforcement training during the pandemic.
The CHP Academy has to close its doors in March, which meant the cadets were unable to completed the last six weeks of their training. For the last six months, however, the cadets have been working in offices throughout the state. They learned the administrative side of the shop and sharpened their skills with ride-alongs and other real life training opportunities.
This year's cadets are able to start their new career with more hands-on experience than any class in Academy history.
One cadet from Lassen County, Travis Music, trained at the CHP office in Susanville, before graduating. Soon he will be off to work for the CHP's Ukiah office in Mendocino County.