WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Highway Patrol swore in over 80 new officers during its Friday morning graduation ceremony at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento. Among those graduates was Spencer Inglett, a Citrus Heights native who earned an award for being the top athlete in his class.

Inglett credited the training he did before attending the CHP Academy but admitted that it was tougher than he expected it to be. Still, Inglett said it was the training staff helped pushed him to rise to the top of the class. 

"It's the hardest thing I've ever done," Inglett said. "But the 29 weeks challenges us, and prepares us — trains us mentally and physically for the job."

CHP awarded the top cadets in the class with a special plaque in the following categories: outstanding marksmanship, valedictorian, most inspirational cadet, most astounding cadet and most astounding athlete.

CHP tested cadets in multiple times throughout the  29-week program in the following categories: push-ups, situps, a mile-and-half run and a sprint. The agency then ranked the cadets after calculating the averages of the scores.   

Now that Inglett, who said he got into CHP because his brother is with the force, is officially a CHP officer, his family just got a bit bigger.

"I have made great friends that I will have for a lifetime," Inglett said. "I can't be more thankful for those relationships I have established."

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