The California Association of Highway Patrolmen (CAHP) is the labor organization that represents CHP officers. One of its most important functions is to represent members in collective bargaining for the Memorandum of Understanding. The negotiations team, headed by CAHP’s CEO Jon Hamm, negotiates with the state of California’s Department of Human Resources for wages, hours and other conditions of employment.
The CAHP is divided into five districts and each district has one or more director. Retirees and CHP supervisors also have a director to represent each group. CAHP staff is available to help members with labor relations, CAHP health benefit trust questions, legal representation for job-related issues and other membership services. The CAHP president, who is an active CHP officer, also works full-time in the office in Sacramento.
In addition to gaining access to the members-only portion of this website, each member receives a copy of the CAHP’s monthly publication, the APB. The APB includes information on current legislation that could affect law enforcement job safety and employee benefits. Click here for information on how to advertise in the APB.
The CAHP maintains health, dental and long-term disability trusts that are managed by boards of trustees that include rank-and-file CHP officers. Because these are trusts run by boards of trustees, there are no profits built into the premiums. Members’ premium dollars, combined with investment returns, pay the benefits under the plans.
The CAHP has two non-profit, charitable (501 (c)(3)) trust funds. One is the Widows and Orphans’ Trust Fund that provides an immediate, one-time death benefit for active and retired members. If the death is in the line-of-duty, the benefit is increased. Click here for more information about the Widows and Orphans’ trust fund, including information on how to donate. The other non-profit trust fund is the CAHP Foundation, which administers four scholarships each year to dependents of active or retired CAHP members, dependents of CAHP members who have been awarded the Medal of Valor, or dependents of any active California police officer or deputy sheriff. Information on eligibly and how to apply can be found here.
The CAHP Cares program helps fellow officers in times of need. Sometimes a CAHP member must face a life-changing tragedy or has a set of circumstances thrown at them and they don’t know how they’ll cope. To help members in need, the “CAHP CARES” fund was established in 2010 as a means to collect donations for any CAHP member when his or her family is in need of financial assistance as the result of a crisis or significant event. Click here for more information about this program or how to donate.