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Turlock native graduates from CHP Academy
CHP grad Lence Montero
Turlock’s Lence Montero is one of the newest graduates of the California Highway Patrol Academy (Photo contributed).

After 27 weeks of training, 128 individuals from the California Highway Patrol Academy were officially sworn in as officers at the CHP’s graduation ceremony on June 10 in West Sacramento. Among the new officers was Turlock’s Lence Montero.

Montero is a 2009 graduate of Turlock High School. After graduating from THS, she continued her education at Modesto Junior College. Prior to enrolling into the Academy, Montero had a head start in developing important leadership skills as an assistant manager at AT&T in Modesto.

Finally, after nearly seven months of extensive training at the Academy, Montero will now take her skills to the CHP’s Oakland Area office.

“Joining the CHP family is an opportunity to be the change and make a difference in the community and the lives of those we serve,” said CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray. “Completing Academy training is a tremendous achievement “

As part of the academy, cadets must train for vehicle patrol, crash investigation, first aid, and the apprehension of suspected violators. Cadets also receive training in traffic control, report writing, recovery of stolen vehicles, assisting the motoring public, issuing citations, emergency scene management, and obtain knowledge of the California vehicle, penal and health and safety code.

“These women and men are not just starting a new job, they are embarking on a lifelong career that requires extreme dedication and a passion for service,” Ray added. “I’m incredibly proud.”