The California Highway Patrol announced Thursday that it will accept applications in January for new CHP officers.

"Officers are needed throughout California," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. "Through this process, we are determined to find qualified men and women from diverse backgrounds who are committed to carrying out the CHP's mission and making a difference in their communities."

Applications will be accepted online during a three-day period from Thursday, Jan. 3 through Saturday, Jan. 5. This brief application period marks the first time in three years that the CHP has accepted applications.

To be considered, candidates must be between 20 and 35 years old, a U.S. citizen, have no felony convictions and be a high school graduate. Each applicant will be required to undergo a selection process, including a written test, physical ability test, interview, medical and psychological evaluation and a background investigation.

Those interested in applying or seeking additional information should visit www.chpcareers.com.

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