In a longstanding right of passage for cadets completing the 27-week training at the California Highway Patrol Academy, 100 cadets ran from the academy in West Sacramento to the California Peace Officers’ Memorial near the state Capitol before dawn on Wednesday.
The approximate 5-mile run ended at the monument with CHP Capt. Sam Dickson talking to cadets as they encircled the memorial and honored the fallen officers with a moment of silence. The monument memorializes more than 1,600 California peace officers who died in the line of duty and underscores for soon-to-be officers the extreme challenges of the job on which they are about to embark.
Graduation ceremonies are Friday, and graduates will serve in communities throughout the state.