The California Highway Patrol added 178 new officers to its ranks during its Academy graduation ceremonies in West Sacramento last Friday. The graduating class is the result of more than six months of training, which began in July of last year. This class began with 239 cadets and included Officer Joshua Jones of Roseville who has been assigned to the San Francisco office. Officer John Stahr, son of recently retired Auburn CHP’s Terry Stahr, will be headed to Los Angeles to serve in the West Valley area. The graduation ceremony is the culmination of 27 weeks of intense law enforcement training, which prepares cadets to become officers. All cadets attend the CHP Academy in West Sacramento, a live-in training program where cadets are allowed to leave only on weekends and most Wednesday evenings. Courses include academic courses, physical training, emergency vehicle operation and use of firearms. Historically, most newly graduated officers begin their law enforcement careers in the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area. They are assigned to the initial area for at least one year, after which they are able to transfer to other areas as positions become open and their new seniority allows. The new officers will report to their respective new assignments throughout the state early next month, ready to apply the extensive training received in the academy to real-life situations. The CHP is currently conducting open examinations for officers and public safety dispatchers throughout Calif-ornia. Further information can be received by calling (800) 422-4756), by visiting www.chp.ca.gov or by visiting the local CHP office.