Shane A. Hernandez and Cesar Castelo, Jr., both from Porterville, have successfully completed the cadet-training course at the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Academy. Following a course of instruction that lasted more than six months, Hernandez is assigned to duty at the CHP’s Barstow Area office, and Castelo is assigned to duty at the CHP’s Santa Cruz Area office.

Officer Hernandez graduated from Summit Charter Collegiate Academy in 2012. He earned an Associate of Arts degree in agricultural production from Porterville College. Prior to attending the CHP Academy, he worked in purchasing and sales for Perigo Welding Works in Strathmore.

Officer Castelo graduated from Porterville High School in 2013. He studied criminal justice at Porterville College. Prior to attending the CHP Academy, he worked as a tile finisher for Visalia Ceramic Tile in Visalia.

Cadet training for Castelo and Hernandez started with nobility in policing, leadership, professionalism and ethics, and cultural diversity, and included mental illness response and crisis intervention techniques.

The course covered vehicle patrol, accident investigation, first aid, and capture-and-arrest of suspected violators, including those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They also received 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.

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