Largest State Police Agency in the US, Now Openly Self-Described as a “Paramilitary Organization”

The Free Thought Project – by John Vibes

As the debate surrounding police militarization continues to grow, some police departments are actually seeking to become more like military organizations. Some of those departments are actually even going public with their militaristic aspirations.

The California Highway Patrol for example, lists as its #1 question on its employment application paperwork, “Are you willing to work in a paramilitary organization, operating under a structured chain of-command?”  

On their website, they have an entire section dedicated to recruiting former soldiers and people with “paramilitary” experience.


On their military recruiting page they once again refer to their organization as “paramilitary”:

“The CHP offers military personnel a unique working environment which utilizes the skills, self-discipline, and life experiences you have developed during military service. Former military personnel easily fit into the CHP’s workforce and adapt well to our paramilitary work environment. You can use your former military skills and self-initiative to help you promote through the CHP’s ranks.”

Then again on the department’s Cadet page:

“The California Highway Patrol is often described as a “paramilitary” department, and that is true. The uniforms, ranks and insignias, chain of command, and the long-standing traditions resemble a military organization. There is a remarkable esprit de corps in the California Highway Patrol that is unique to this organization. On graduation day you will have earned and will take great pride in your new position as an Officer of the California Highway Patrol.”

This year alone the California Highway Patrol has been wrapped up in a number of corruption and excessive force accusations, most notably the police officer who was recorded assaulting a woman on the side of the road, and the woman who caught an officer stealing private photographs from her phone while she was arrested on a DUI charge.

As of December 18th, 2014, the admissions of being a paramilitary organization are still displayed for all to see on the CHP’s website, but it is likely that their public relations team will restructure their website as soon as enough people point it out.

John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at

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6 Responses to Largest State Police Agency in the US, Now Openly Self-Described as a “Paramilitary Organization”

  1. Frank says:

    And there you have it. We no longer have peace officers we have IDF trained enforcers. Could this be any more in your face? Get out of line and the Imperial Stormtroopers will put you down. Its time.

  2. Red Goat says:

    When I was hired by a fire department 30 years ago they used the same terminology. IE, this is a paramilitary organization working within a chain of command. It was not warm and fuzzy time with Captain Kangro and Mr Green Jeans. So dont get your panties in a wad over terminology!

  3. Frank says:

    Are black balaklavas, load bearing vests,and body armor along with military style helmets and automatic weapons just terminology? I was on a police force at about the same period you were on your fire department RG and none of these things were evident. The only weapons we carried were .38 cal. revolvers and night sticks. And that was in a town where we had problems with the mafia.

  4. Nottoobitter says:

    a standing, self describing para military organization(mercenary army) operating without actual lawful authority on USA soil. Next time Im in Cal I will remember this. I wouldnt “let” blackwater abduct me and I sure wont let these AIDS infested child molesters either. These fags should be terrified to get out of their cars or to be alone. And their families should keep their heads down too. Someone is bound to start executing EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM.

  5. NC says:

    WOW! They just openly admit it now. We have military troops on the streets. Martial Law and the sheeple don’t care. Unfrigginbelievable….

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