In regards to all the press lately about the CHP getting raises and the reason behind the raises … Many of the comments have been negative, such as “their pay should not be tied to police and Sheriff’s deputies in California’s urban core,” “working as a cop in a California city is different than patrolling the freeways.” These are very ignorant and offensive statements. It does not matter if you patrol the streets or freeways in a big city or the country, a cop’s job is dangerous no matter where he works. I believe more CHP officers were killed in the line of duty in California than any other peace officer in our state. As we all know, a very fine CHP officer was killed in the line of duty in El Dorado County just a couple of years ago protecting you and me.
It is what could happen and does happen to these officers, no matter if the work is in the city or country or on a freeway or a private street. It is just as dangerous for an officer to work in a rural area as it is for an officer who works in a big city as officers who work in rural areas do not have back up that can arrive quickly. Every time these fine men and women report to work they are putting their lives at risk to protect you and me. If there was not a salary parity agreement/charter in place for these CHP officers and other peace officers in California covered under them, they would be making much less money than they make, so these agreements are in place for a reason.