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Officer Carlo Marzocca
Graduated from the Academy in 1989


1. When did you first think about becoming a CHP officer? Include family, friends, school presentations, local or world events, etc. that may have influenced you.

After taking courses in college; and one was taught by a CHP lieutenant which gave me some insight into the job. Also, my father was a Deputy Sheriff in Wyoming.

2. What obstacles did you encounter during your efforts to become an officer?

None, the process went well, but took over a year to complete.


3. Describe what you were like in high school. Activities, sports, interests, etc. If you went on to college, describe your college life.

I was active in high school baseball and church activities. I attended college while working full time as an electrician.


4. What jobs did you have before becoming an officer? You donít have to list them all, but we would especially like to know the one, or ones, you had immediately before going into the Academy.

I worked as an electrician for five years prior to academy. Before that I worked as a carpet cleaner.


5. How did your family, friends, or different groups of friends, react when you were in the selection process and then became an officer? If it was a less than positive reaction, how did you handle it?

It was mostly positive. My father was proud and my mother was scared, but supportive. My friends were all supportive but concerned about my safety and then asked lots of vehicle code questions!


6. What words of wisdom, if any, did you receive about becoming an officer?

I was told to be fair and have compassion for citizens even when they didnít like me because of the uniform I wore. Always go home after each shift no matter what.


7. What are some of the interesting things youíve done on the job (or off) while on the patrol?

I have worked as a vehicle theft investigator, a motorcycle office for 11 years, and Iím currently in our K9 unit with dual purpose dog. Iíve worked with agencies from the FBI, Homeland Security, Presidential details, gang details with allied agencies, captured career criminals on routine patrol, seized currency and narcotics in large quantities, and served search/arrest warrants.


8. What words of wisdom (or encouragement) would you like to pass on to possible applicants?

Itís a great job, stressful at times, but fun. Youíll make friends for life. But you have to be mentally prepared to handle all aspects of the job. Be strong willed with good character, and be honest and fair. Go home each day and be proud of what you do.


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