Listen: Academy Commander Capt. Robin Johnson
To mark the completion of an unprecedented 75 weeks since the beginning of their training at the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Academy, cadets are preparing to take part in a time-honored predawn run on July 14. The nearly 5-mile run, from the CHP Academy to the California Peace Officers’ Memorial near the State Capitol, is a way for the cadets to recognize the ultimate sacrifice of our law enforcement heroes.
The California Peace Officers’ Memorial near the Capitol honors more than 1,600 brave women and men who have sacrificed their lives serving and protecting California and the public. The monument also emphasizes to the soon-to-be officers the dangers of the job upon which they are about to embark.
While at the monument, cadets and officers will observe a moment of silence to honor the fallen heroes.
WHO: 119 cadets and other CHP personnel
WHEN: Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at 5:15 a.m.
WHERE: CHP Academy, 3500 Reed Avenue, West Sacramento
VISUALS: Cadets will run in formation and sing cadence on Reed Avenue, across the Tower Bridge, along Capitol Mall, and end at the Peace Officers’ Memorial on 10th Street and Capitol Mall.
119 cadets – 18 women and 101 men – will take part in a graduation ceremony Friday morning at the Academy. (The last class to graduate was October 30, 2020.) They will then report to their new assignments throughout the state within 10 days to begin serving the people of California.