Rene Lopez Jr. of Westminster, Calif., has successfully completed cadet training at the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Academy. He is assigned to duty at the CHP’s East Los Angeles Area office.
Officer Lopez graduated from Warren High School in Downey in 2010. After high school, he attended Golden West College in Huntington Beach, where he studied Business Accounting. Prior to attending the CHP Academy, he worked as a belt tender for the United Parcel Service in Compton.
Officer Lopez is following in the footsteps of his Uncle, CHP Southern Division Assistant Chief J. Holguin.
At the CHP Academy, cadet training starts with nobility in policing, leadership, professionalism and ethics, and cultural diversity. Training also includes mental illness response and crisis intervention techniques. Cadet instruction covers patrol operations, crash investigation, first aid, and the arrest of suspected violators, including those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The cadets also receive training in traffic control, report writing, recovery of stolen vehicles, assisting the motoring public, issuing citations, emergency scene management, and knowledge of various codes including the Vehicle Code, Penal Code, and Health and Safety Code.
The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.