In response to the deaths of six California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers since last September, CHP officers from across the state – including those in Santa Barbara County – underwent a seldom-employed “welfare check” earlier this week. In what was described by some as a virtual stand-down, all 108 command stations in the state closed for a portion of time during a 48-hour period, allowing officers and commanders to review safety policies and procedures. Local CHP spokesperson Don Clotworthy explained that the procedure – which began on Tuesday – wouldn’t affect policing activity and described the meetings as a “much-needed open discussion to just see how the officers are feeling.”
Originally published 3:36 p.m., March 2, 2006
Updated 12:52 p.m., March 9, 2006
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