Captain Ben Nocon
Graduated from the Academy in 1992
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 leaving the service (Active Duty Air Force) I was looking for a career that was respected by the public and that I could be proud of, yet will give me the financial stability to provide for my family.
2. What obstacles did you encounter during your efforts to become an officer?
At first, I was overwhelmed by the number of applicants that attended the orientation and exams but I kept going through the process hoping that I'll get in the Academy. Once I graduated from the Academy and worked as an Officer in Baldwin Park Area, the biggest challenge for me was the amount of information I had to learn in such a short period during break in. Otherwise, I can't think of obstacles that I encountered early in my career.
3. Describe what you were like in high school. Activities, sports, interests, etc.
If you went on to college, describe your college life.
I graduated from a high school in the Philippines (Rosario Institute, class of ‘79). I was outgoing and pretty active with sports and was class president from Freshman to Senior years. I attended several Junior Colleges and eventually obtained my BS in Administration of Justice from the University of Phoenix.
4. What jobs did you have before becoming an officer? You don't 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 was active duty Air Force and worked in the logistics field. I eventually transferred to the AF reserves where I worked in a Combat Operations Squadron. My last assignment was as squadron First Sergeant and retired after 30 years of combined service as a Senior Master Sergeant (E-8).
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?
At first they tried to discourage me because of the dangers of the job. They all became very supportive once they knew I was determined to do it and are extremely proud of what I have become.
6. What words of wisdom, if any, did you receive about becoming an officer?
Treat people fairly and with respect.
7. What are some of the interesting things you've done on the job (or off) while on the patrol?
I worked primarily graveyard shift my first 10 years to help care for my two daughters since my wife worked an eight-to-five job. I'm glad I was able to do that because I think it helped create a tight bond between me and my daughters which I still enjoy to this date. I was an Auto Theft Task Force Commander with Rapid Apprehension of Impaired Drivers (RAID) Task Force before I promoted to Captain in El Centro Area.
8. What words of wisdom (or encouragement) would you like to pass on to possible applicants?
Being a CHP Officer is a great career that comes with huge responsibilities. Don't lose sight of the fact that we are public servants and don't take for granted the trust and confidence of the public that people who came before us worked hard to earn.
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