The State Worker

CHP recruiting seniors to volunteer at Sacramento HQ

Homer Bosserman, the CHP’s most-senior volunteer, poses for an apt 101st-birthday photo earlier this year. The department is recruiting for senior volunteers to help out in its Sacramento headquarters.
Homer Bosserman, the CHP’s most-senior volunteer, poses for an apt 101st-birthday photo earlier this year. The department is recruiting for senior volunteers to help out in its Sacramento headquarters. Courtesy California Highway Patrol

If you’re a senior with at least four hours of free time on your hands each week, possess a good driving record, can pass a background check and would like to learn about law enforcement, the California Highway Patrol wants to hear from you.

The department’s Senior Volunteer Program has openings in its Sacramento headquarters at 601 N St. for folks who want to commit some time to helping out with administrative tasks. The program is open to people age 55 and older.

Besides office work, some program volunteers around the state contribute to CHP public affairs, ride along with uniformed officers, and perform other tasks. More than 800 seniors around the state donate their time and energy to the department, including Monterey County’s 101-year-old Homer Bosserman, the dean of CHP’s volunteer corps.

CHP Commissioner Joseph Farrow, who recognized Bosserma’s service to the department during an award ceremony last year, said in a press release that the program is a trade off.

“Senior volunteers bring their knowledge, skills, talents, and wisdom. They enhance our operational efficiency.” Farrow said. In turn, they “gain an understanding and appreciation of the justice system, human relations, and ethics in the field of law enforcement.”

CHP will train incoming volunteers and provide free, secure parking at the N Street facility. The Senior Volunteer Program’s website has more information via the “Programs & Services” link at www.chp.ca.gov.

To apply, email a resume or an outline of work experience to the Captain James Newberry at jnewberry@chp.ca.gov.

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