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We Were 17 Again
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About the California Highway Patrol

The California Highway Patrol is a statewide law enforcement organization. It is lead by the Commissioner, assisted by the Deputy Commissioner. The organization is divided into two major operations, Staff and Field. Each is lead by an Assistant Commissioner. The Staff operations is comprised of headquarter commands.  The Field operations are divided into eight separate field Divisions located throughout the state. Also included in field operations are Office of Air Operations, State Terrorism Threat Assessment Center, and Protective Services Division. 


The Office of Air Operations is responsible for the management of the Department's Air Operations Program.  Among its many responsibilities, the Office of Air Operations is charged with administering the aviation program budget, formulating departmental policy relative to air operations, coordinating the aviation safety program, conducting initial and recurrent pilot and flight officer testing, coordinating departmental paramedic training, determining departmental aircraft specifications, conducting departmental aircraft accident/incident investigations, and performing liaison duties with the Federal Aviation Administration.


The State Terrorism Threat Assessment Center is a partnership of the California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Justice, and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security. Located in Sacramento, this multi-agency state fusion center was created for the purpose of terrorism/criminal intelligence collection, analysis, and dissemination. The plan to detect, deter, and prevent terrorism in California is based upon federal, state, and local law enforcement and public safety partnerships with direct connections to the national terrorism intelligence agencies and resources. The STTAC works in conjunction with four Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Centers.


Protective Services Division (PSD) is one of the most unique operational Divisions within the CHP. PSD is made up of three commands which include the Dignitary Protection Section, Judicial Protection Section, and the Capitol Protection Section. These offices are responsible for operations pertaining to the protection of the Governor, constitutional officers, dignitaries and judges, as well as, the State Capitol, state employees, and state facilities. PSD also works with state agencies within the downtown Sacramento area to provide them with training on mail handling, bomb threats, and personal safety. PSD also serves as a liaison between state agencies and the CHP in coordinating various events such as Child Passenger Safety Seat fittings, Safety Fairs and Career Fairs.




Brian Smith joined the United States Marine Corps after graduating from high school.  In 1984, he joined the California Highway Patrol, rising to the rank of captain. Brian Smith is the author of We Were 17 Again.


According to the book description, “There are numerous books, songs, shows and movies that deal with going back to the past, whether it’s a time machine, dream, boy or girlfriend story, or class reunion.  Many of them are enjoyable because the reader gets to visit the past.  Life always seemed easier in our childhood days and many long to return to those days.  In "We Were 17 Again", not only do you get the chance to return to 17 years old again, you get to return to high school with your entire school.  All students who were in grades 9 through 12 will return to Chelsingham High School to complete a summer course together.  They get to meet old friends, dates, and learn about everyone’s new lives.  There are some interesting twists and life learning stories.  In the end, they get a chance to correct or strengthen their lives.  Pack your books, feather back your hair, put on your classic rock and return to 1979-80 with us.”

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