Meet your Recruitment Team

​Northern Division

2485 Sonoma Street Redding, CA 96001

(530) 722-1839

Officer Victor Aguilar

Officer Victor Aguilar, ID #16928

Facts about me:

· I love to cook Spanish food, play the guitar, and spend time with my family

Things I enjoy about being a Recruiter

· Helping the next generation of public servants 

· Judo Pushups

Tips for applicants

· There’s nothing wrong with working hard for what you want.

· Be a good person.

Valley Division

 2555 1st Avenue Sacramento , CA 95818


​Officer Ashley Merchant, ID #21736

Prior to CHP:

  • ·  Graduate of Holy Names University- BA Business Communications (Collegiate Athlete- Softball - 4 years)
  • ·  Business Development Manager and Recruiter for IT Staffing CompaniesPersonal Trainer, Health & Wellness Coach
  • ·Personal Trainer, Health & Wellness Coach

Things I enjoy about being a Recruiter:

·  Watching the applicants grow through the process with their physical fitness and confidence
·  The ability to interact with the public and bring light to a career with the CHP

My tip for new applicants:

·  The process won’t be easy, but it will be 100% worth it. Stay motivated and remember your end goal.
·  Your physical fitness will be key in not only making it through the hiring process, but also through the CHP Academy. Work hard, no matter what.  

Facts about me:

·  I enjoy staying active and love to travel.
·  I have sang the National Anthem since I was 5 years old and have been fortunate enough to sing it in uniform at the CHP Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony, Sacramento Kings game, and San Francisco Giants game.

Officer Williams

Officer Lysandra Williams, ID #22419

Prior to CHP:

·  Graduate of CSU Stanislaus- BA Kinesiology (Collegiate Athlete- Basketball - 4 years)
·  Graduate of Fresno Pacific University- MA Kinesiology
·  Head Coach at multiple Orange theory Fitness Studios
·  DJ for weddings and corporate events

Things I enjoy about being a Recruiter:

·  My biggest joy is seeing other people succeed. Mentoring applicants through the hiring process is a true passion of mine.
·  I enjoy being out interacting with the community and educating the public about the opportunities CHP has to offer.

My tip for new applicants:

·  Always remember your ‘why’! Never forget why you started and use that as motivation through the entire process.
·  Utilize your support group and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Facts about me:

·  First generation law enforcement and college graduate.
·  I love overland camping and traveling to new places for new adventures.

​Golden Gate Division

1551 Benicia Road Vallejo, CA 94591


Officer Caleb Benefiel, ID #21421

Prior to CHP:

• Graduate of U.C. Berkeley, BA in Political Science
• Prior Small Business Owner

Things I enjoy about being a Recruiter:

I enjoy encouraging applicants through the Applicant Preparation Program (APP) to achieve their goal of becoming a California Highway Patrol Officer.


My tip for new applicants:

Take your preparation serious – a career with the California Highway Patrol is not given, it is earned.Officer BenefielOfficer Caleb Benefiel

​Central Division

5435 E Olive Ave Fresno, CA 93727


​Officer Julieta Trenado, ID #21760

Prior to CHP:

  • Graduate of CSU Stanislaus & Livingston High School

  • Former Wet Seal Assistant Manager & Jack in the Box Employee

Other facts about me:

  • First generation law enforcement and college graduate.

  • I enjoy playing sports, especially soccer.

  • I love my mom!

My tip for new applicants:

Be yourself! Remember we are human too and we all must start somewhere. We were in your shoes once. You’re up, so show us what your made of!

Officer Julieta Trenado
Officer Julieta Trenado

​Southern Division

411 Central Ave Glendale, CA 91203


​​Officer Amber Davis, ID #21775

Officer Davis

Prior to CHP:

UC Riverside Graduate & Collegiate Athlete

Things I enjoy about being a Recruiter:

As a recruiter I enjoy mentoring applicants as they navigate through the hiring process. It's always exciting meeting new individuals who are motivated, willing to put in the work and ready to make a difference on our department.

My tips for new applicants:

Stay focused on the bigger picture. Utilize the Applicant Preparation Program so you can confidently go through the hiring process knowing you are doing everything you can to prepare yourself for this career.

​Border Division

9330 Farnham Street San Diego, CA 92123

Phone: (858)650-3600

Officer Garcia

​Officer Armando Garcia #18091

Officer Joshua Andino, ID #21631

Prior to CHP:

· Served 8 1/2 years active duty with the U.S. Navy

Other facts about me:

· Enjoys time with family.

· Boxing since a young age. 

Things I enjoy about being a Recruiter:

· I enjoy about being a recruiter is the ability to  speak with the public and the countless opportunities to educate possible applicants about a career with the CHP. Furthermore, I like showing new applicants what “nose in the rings” are.

My tip for new applicants:

· My biggest tip for new applicants is to stay motivated in the hiring process and maintaining peak physical fitness level at all times. Stay motivated!

​Coastal Division

4115 Broad Street, Suite B-10 San Luis Obispo, CA 93401


Officer Jordan Richards, ID #20228Officer Richards

Prior to CHP:

  • United States Army
  • Home Depot store manager from 2007 to 2010
  • Realtor and Sales Manger for Centex Homes from 2003 to 2007
  • California State University of Fresno B.A. in Liberal Studies

Things I enjoy about being a Recruiter:

I enjoy mentoring and guiding future Officers with their mental, physical and career development.

My tips for new applicants:

Treat each opportunity as new chance to make a positive first impression.  
Stay humble and work hard!

​Inland Division

847 E. Brier Dr. San Bernardino , CA 92408


​Officer Lawrence Guynes, ID  #20487

Officer Guynes

Prior to CHP: 

  • Graduate of University of Idaho (Collegiate Athlete-  Football)

  • Former professional athlete
  • Toll Global Forwarding Distribution Center (Lead Worker) 

Things I enjoy about being a Recruiter: 

  • I enjoy mentoring and guiding future Officers with their mental, physical and career development. 
  • Preparing applicants for an amazing career. 

My tips for new applicants: 

  • Be ready to transition your mindset from applicant to Cadet, to obtain a self-rewarding career. 
  • Strive for excellence, stay diligent, and define your opportunities. 

Officer Octavio Magana, ID #17247

Prior to CHP:

  • United States Marine Corps

  • Cable Technician

Things I enjoy about being a Recruiter:

I enjoy speaking with people about the California Highway Patrol, helping applicants navigate through the hiring process, mentoring them as they prepare for the CHP Academy and seeing the transformation in them.  

My tips for new applicants:

• Never lose sight of why you are here.  
• Take every opportunity to learn.

Officer MaganaOfficer Octavio Magana


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