63 new California Highway Patrol officers got their badges and took their professional oath today in West Sacramento. Each cadet pledged to protect and serve before having that gold star pinned to their chests. Cadets in academy class 3-18 were recognized for academic excellence, marksmanship, best athlete and most inspirational cadet before Commissioner Warren Stanley administered the oath. Stanley told the assembled cadets that their daily work will help define California. "A great place to live, work and visit. Ultimately, what you do every day saves lives," said Stanely. "And I ask you, what could be more important than that?"
Governor Gavin Newsom was on hand to congratulate the new officers and present their badge. He says it's wonderful to see their optimism for the future and public service. "I encourage folks to think about that when we think of law enforcement generally and the incredible heroism and sacrifice these people make every day and I think that needs to be recognized," said Newsom.
These young men and woman have spent months preparing to provide the highest level of safety, service and security. Class president Cadet Sophie Lu reminded the class about the struggle it was to arrive at today's ceremony. "But struggle and sacrifice are part of the journey that took us from cadets and fashioned us into officers of the California Highway Patrol," said Lu to which her classmates responded "HOORAH!"
The new officers will serve in communities throughout the state.