CHP hiring 600 new officers

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is looking to beef up their department state-wide and Imperial County is no exception. They have hundreds of job openings and they are looking for young men and women to keep roads safe in the Golden State.
The plan is to fill 600 vacant positions staring this week due to current officers moving up in the chain of command and retirees in the next year. Here’s are some of the basic qualifications to become and CHP officer.

“Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, between the ages 20-35, posses a high-school diploma, and be able to pass an extensive physical and background investigation.” said Officer German Lazarin out of the El Centro office.

Officers say one of the great things about working for the highway patrol is the flexibility to work anywhere in the state of California.

“If you want to work in San Diego it’s fairly easy to transfer to San Diego or Los Angeles. El Centro does open up and the Imperial Valley they’ll have positions every now and then.” said Lazarin.

There is no deadline to submit an application, so you can research and find out what the job entails to find out if it’s a good fit for you.

“You can be a pilot, we have under-cover investigators, we have a SWAT team, so there’s different things you can get into.” said Lazarin.

In other words it’s not just writing tickets for traffic violations. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a CHP officer visit their website at

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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