SACRAMENTO - Individuals looking for a job with a lot more excitement than the average nine to five may want to consider a career as a California Highway Patrol officer.
Every month the CHP loses 25 to 30 officers to retirement. Being an officer can be a stressful and dangerous job, but the agency pays well.
The salary for a CHP officer comes in at just over $67,000 per year with a five-percent increase each year until reaching the $84,036 ceiling (not including overtime).
The CHP currently has 150 positions available.
The next academy class starts September 8th, and the agency is accepting applications. Applicants must be a high-school graduate or equivalent between the ages of 20 and 35, have no prior felonies on their record, a valid U.S. driver's license and 20/40 uncorrected vision.
Those who decide to attend the academy are required to pass a thorough written and physical exam that includes endurance tests, sit-ups, push-ups, a 100 yard sprint and a 1.5 mile run.
The academy lasts 27 weeks, during which recruits learn all the legal and technical aspects necessary to become an officer. Recruits live at the academy during the training.
The CHP is holding a 'women in law enforcement' event Saturday September 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The event is like an open house where women can learn about the agency and decide whether the academy is right for them.
For more information, just visit www.chpcareers.com