Many apply, but few are chosen.
The California Highway Patrol will briefly take patrol officer applications for three days in January, launching a lengthy process that undoubtedly will attract thousands of hopefuls and net just a few hundred CHP academy graduates.
The individual screening process takes up to 18 months and weeds out about 97 percent of applicants, CHP spokeswoman Fran Clader said.
Successful applicants go into a pool from which CHP will draw future cadets.
Nearly half of the remaining 3 percent who become cadets leave for various reasons before completing their six months at the CHP training facility in West Sacramento
Candidates must be U.S. citizens between age 20 and 35, must have graduated from high school and have no felony convictions.
The CHP also requires applicants to take written and physical ability tests and undergo a background investigation, as well as pass medical, vision and psychological evaluations and a panel interview.
For more information, visit www.chpcareers.com for more information about the Jan. 3-5 application process, which is online only.
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