CHP: "Military Personnel Easily Fit Into The CHP's Workforce And Adapt Well To Our Paramilitary Work Environment"
By Martin Hill
December 14, 2014


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The California Highway Patrol website has a special military recruiting page which states "Former military personnel easily fit into the CHP's workforce and adapt well to our paramilitary work environment. You can use your former military skills and self-initiative to help you promote through the CHP's ranks."

The CHP then continues to admit they will promote military applicants further down the long hiring process, regardless of test scores: "The California Highway Patrol has a lot to offer those with military experience. For example: Veteran's Preference Program - Applicants who have served in the United States Armed Forces as defined in Government Code Section 18540, and who qualify as a veteran, are entitled to veterans' preference. If a veteran passes the certification test, they will move to Rank 1 of the eligibility list regardless of the passing score. Rank 1 for the CHP means the veteran applicant will go into backgrounds."

The CHP website 'cadet page' affirms "The California Highway Patrol is often described as a "paramilitary" department, and that is true."

In the wake of CHP recently caught on video manically beating elderly grandmothers and pointing guns at protesters, perhaps this mentality of a 'CHP PARAMILITARY FORCE' ought to be examined.

The CHP page continues to explain the 'military-friendly' and financial benefits: "You are Paid as a Cadet and Can Apply for Additional G.I. Benefits. We provide the training, room and board, AND pay you a salary while you attend the CHP Academy. CHP policy allows you to take the necessary time to fulfill your military obligations. For additional information, contact the CHP at: 1-888-4A CHP JOB (1-888-422-4756)."

The initial CHP application itself states "Effective January 1, 2014, Veteranss' Preference will be awarded to qualifying Veterans who are successful in the examination in the form of Rank placement rather than points. All individuals awarded Veterans' Preference will be certified in Rank 1 of the eligibility list, regardless of score. All open exams/eligible lists will award Veterans' Preference, regardless of the classification.

Hence, the results:
CHP intimidates motorist who filmed vicious assault on homeless black grandmother

In their Is This Job for You? page, the CHP states "Here are a few questions all applicants should ask themselves before applying to become a CHP Cadet. If any of the questions make you feel uncomfortable, or you answer in the negative, you may not be ready to go through our testing, evaluation and training process. Our goal is for those who are suited to the profession of CHP Officer to succeed, and to not set up for failure those who are not suited to the profession." The first question on the list asks "Are you willing to work in a para-military organization, operating under a structured chainof- command?" Others include:
  • Are you willing to operate a motor vehicle at high speeds under dangerous conditions?
  • Are you willing to use legal physical force to subdue a subject, so as to protect the public and yourself?
  • Are you willing and able to remain calm, professional, and effective, when someone is rude, drunk, irrational, confused, obscene, or otherwise discourteous to you?
  • Are you willing to use a handgun, rifle, or other lethal force to protect the public, other police officers, and yourself?

    One of the officer profiles featured on the CHP In their own words page states "From playing "CHiPs" as kids to having a friend in the CHP to looking for a career after being in the US Army, Officer Nathan Baer remembers his path leading to the CHP: "When I started the application process, I was in the U.S. Army..."

    Here is the CHP minimum hiring requirements page and a few interesting memorial pages: [1960's] [2000s].
    Below are some links to information, studies and evidence that police as "paramilitary orignations" are not a good thing, for the police or the public:

    In the forums, one participant posted a topic titled Paramilitary? and asked his fellow officers "Do you guys think more departments should be more paramilitary like? Similar to state police departments?" He garnered two pages of replies, the first being "are they not already....??? and can you elaborate ?" Another remarked "Well, we already are, so I guess it's just a matter of degrees. I think there are a lot of benefits to our paramilitary structure. The only downer I see (and judge it as you will) is just the public perception of a paramilitary force policing them. If it's too paramilitary they start to think that all of a sudden we'll be a police state with G.I. Joe coming to make people disappear in the middle of the night (well, you get the idea.) The biggest benefit I see in it is better interoperability, particularly in the post-9/11 world that we live in now and for the foreseeable future."

    Earlier this year, Indianapolis Police Chief Richard Hite, when asked in a city council meeting about priorities of the elected officials in this city and how taxes are spent, replied "I'm gonna say something very candid to you my good friend counselor. As a 36 year vetrran of law enforcement I never in my career have seen public safety politicized the way it's been poliicized in this country. When I say that it's because we have historically been a paramilitary organization. And we serve whoever sits in that chair, regardless of race, gender, creed or political party. I don't know what we would do if we had to go to battle and we had to make a determination based on past practices whether or not we wanted to go into battle. We look at what's in front of us and we move forward as a police department. We can not unring the bell... The fiscal economy situation has been sliding downhill. I am a soldier in a decison army... Tell us what you give us to work with and well work within it. I'm a soldier in the army, we serve you in that way. We shouldn't be in a positon where we have to decide how were gonna police this city." [Skip to 2:39:00.]

    However, as pointed out on Hite is not a 'soldier' at all, matter of fact he was never even an actual sworn police officer other than a beruocrat, and even had to receive a waiver in order to become police chief: "Hite began his law enforcement career as an aide to former Baltimore Mayor Donald Schaefer, and was appointed to the Baltimore PD, where - purely on the basis of patronage - he was able to retire after 30 years with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He managed to do all of this without attending a training academy or receiving formal instruction of any kind. When Hite was appointed interim police chief in April 2011, he had to receive a waiver in order to become a certified police officer without attending the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy."

    In September of this year, after two "paramilitary" Indianapolis police officers accused of beating a man unconscious at a bar, Hite replied "Days like this make us wonder how we've lost our way." It's apparent that Hite's own stated policy and ideoligy is to blame for such incidents. Indystar reported "Officers John Serban, 40, and Michael Reiger, 46, were arrested by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police detectives Wednesday, after a month-long investigation into an alleged assault on a man at Mikie's Pub... Both Serban and Reiger were suspended without pay following their arrests. They have been with the police department for 16 and 15 years, respectively... Hite said Serban and Reiger "overstepped their bounds as law enforcement officials," and he plans to recommend the two officers for firing."


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    CHP: "MilitaryPersonnel Easily Fit Into The CHP's Workforce And Adapt Well To Our Paramilitary Work Environment"

    — Martin (@LibertyFight) December 14, 2014

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