Get that Brass Shined Up, Officer!

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The third row of officers being inspected at the annual CHP Category 10 Class A uniform and equipment inspection on Monday morning.
The third row of officers being inspected at the annual CHP Category 10 Class A uniform and equipment inspection on Monday morning.

IMPERIAL — The California Highway Patrol, El Centro Area Office, conducted their annual Category 10 Class A uniform and equipment inspection on Monday morning.

“Every year we do a Category 10 inspection in order to make sure everyone’s got their brass shined up, their leather gear is in good order and just make sure everyone is meeting the bar that we set for our officers,” explained Karyn Mentink, captain of the CHP El Centro Office.

This inspection helps ensure that the CHP always maintains a professional appearance while providing excellent safety, service, and security to the motoring public.

“This is the first inspection I’ve conducted. I’m a new commander this year so this is the first time I’ve actually got to be the person who inspected,” said Mentink. “Everyone looked good and usually people step up and make sure. We usually look good everyday, but this is just a way to make sure everyone’s meeting the bar and checking everything out.”

Officers were instructed to form in three rows while the captain examined each officer. Uniforms and gun quality were checked as part of the inspection.

“I think today worked out really well,” commented Mentink. “I think we’re going to do some group photos and I think that’s always a good thing to get everyone together in one spot. We have the whole squad here today, which is unusual, because usually we’re all working different shifts so it’s nice.”

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