Why I Wear The Badge – Chapter 8: LA Motor Officer

Why I Wear The Badge – Chapter 8: LA Motor Officer

[music] Once I determined that I was going to
work patrol which is out there every day, that’s, that’s what I wanted to do, I
wanted to be outside. I wanted to engage with people. I wanted to just have the
different experiences that every day gives you. This is the job that I signed
up for, I signed up to be on the highway, and take calls, and help people.
We’re the, we’re the tip of the spear. We’re the motorcycle officers and the
road patrol is, is, where the hard work is done. [music] My name is Melissa Handley, I’m ID 14701, and I work at the South Los Angeles Area CHP office in the city of Torrance.
My current assignment is a motorcycle officer on patrol on the day watch shift.
I’ve been a motor officer for 18 years and I’m going into my 24th year on the
Department. [music] I’ve been working the 405 freeway probably 20 years easily out of
my 24 years. That’s my primary choice, is to work that freeway. The pillars of the
Highway Patrol are service and reducing the mileage death rate and taking care
of each other. So I learned those things, those things are important to me
personally, and so it just seemed like a good fit. Once I graduated and I landed
in Southern Division at the South Los Angeles Area office, that’s when your
your training begins and that’s when you truly get to know what your job entails.
We work in a very busy office, you deal with crimes and you deal with traffic
accidents and you deal with service calls. You gotta have tough skin, you gotta be dependable, gotta want to work, and this is the job that I signed up for –
I signed up to be on the highway, and take calls, and help people. The decision to become a motorcycle officer was another step in
my career. I think to be a successful and a safe motor officer you have to think
outside the box. You have to have a broader picture of what actually is
going on. You have to think for other people not just yourself. You have to be
able to think on the fly and then you still have to deal with the
public and their frame of mind and help them get through their disaster, their
crash, their being stuck in the middle of a freeway with cars whizzing by them. I
mean that’s pretty terrifying to the average driver out there. Once I was
assigned here, we had maybe seven to ten women in South LA and over the years,
you know, we dwindled down to just less than a handful. So I felt like I had some
responsibility to be out there as a female because we have, women have, a
different perspective on life basically. We were trained how to do the job, but
you know a man can look at it one way where women may look at it through some
different eyes and I think that’s a benefit. As one of only a few that were
out there, I felt like I made a commitment. It’s a fun fact that
I was at one time, close to probably ten years, the only female motorcycle rider
on the CHP and I’m very happy to announce that there’s somebody else,
another woman has joined our squad in the state and hopefully she’s gonna have
a very safe and productive career because it’s gonna be the best part of
her career, 100 percent. As far as the mark that I’ve left, I mean, the fact of
the matter is that not a lot of women like to do this kind of job and I hope
this inspires other gals to get out there. I mean, I’m gonna be able to for
sure retire and know that I, that I did the best that I could and
there’s people on a regular basis that I come in contact with, whether I’m sitting
down having lunch or I’m on the side of the road, that say thank you and so
that’s not, that’s not, why you do the job, but it reaffirms that you’re doing it
the right way. I want to be able to step away, know that
I worked for a great department. I’ve been proud to work for them, I’ve tried
to make myself a great example and role model for them, and I hope that, you know,
this inspires other women specifically, but all people to become officers. (whispers) I’m gonna cry. I think my parents were very proud that I, that I am who I am. They always were worrying
and that’s because that’s what your family does.
So, just having the ability to be safe in a, in a career that’s not very
safe. Again, I’m just happy that I had the
opportunity. I had a great time, I had a lot of experiences that I, you know, that
I probably wouldn’t have gotten to do if, if I was just a regular civilian and
those things are priceless. Los Angeles 77-420 Mary,
10-10.>>DISPATCHER: 77-420 Mary, have a good day ma’am.

64 Replies to “Why I Wear The Badge – Chapter 8: LA Motor Officer”

  1. I love american police and espessialy the chp !!! God bless all the officers respect from greece !!!๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

  2. Thank you for your service, With a special debt of gratitude to the motor officers. We the public majority support you all, despite what Gavin signs into law. We appreciate the all who are the thin blue line!

  3. Absolutely wonderful job Motor Officer Handley. Without a doubt, the best job in the World. Nice to see you found a good fit on Motors. I loved riding as well and went thru Motor School at the Academy in '81. My favorite part of riding Motors was riding nice and tight tandem formation with another Motor…all about skill and concentration. About half way thru the video, it shows you putting your kickstand up…but somehow they got a reverse image and it shows the kickstand and shifter on the right side of your Motor…very strange looking as I have around 300,000 miles on Harleys. Keep up the good job you're doing and have fun in spite of so much negativity toward LE today. Very proud of what you've accomplished knowing the washout rate at Motor School has always run around 50% and sometimes as high as 75%. You either learn to ride well or the Sgt leads you off the EVOC course to the shed to turn in your Motor.

  4. I was in a small diner today called Dagwood's Cafe eating lunch when three KCMO police officers walked in to eat. As they waited for a table they joked around with the cook and waitress. They were all laughing and having a good time. They ended up sitting at the table behind me. I could tell that they were well known to all the people there. I live on the other side of the city and only eat there once a month or so. After I finished my meal my younger brother and I got up to leave. As I was paying the check at the counter I told the waitress that I wanted to pay for their meals. She totaled it up, I paid the bill and she asked me if I wanted her to wait until after I left to tell them. I told her no that I wanted to thank them for what they do and tell them myself. As we shook each of their hands they looked grateful for the hand shake and the thank you. Then I told them their food was on me. They were shocked. You see, my older brother was a CHP back in the 70's and after his passing, I get the pleasure of doing this in his honor.

  5. Great vid. Having almost joined the CHP in 2007, I am envious every time I see a CHP Officer. It's a damn tough job, but I respect each and every Officer doing it. I never considered any other agency in LE than the CHP. If you're going to do it, go for the best there is, right? I only have one regret in life and it was passing on that opportunity, but I'm thankful I got to test in West Sac and go on some great ride alongs. it was an absolute honor and one of the best experiences of my life. Be safe out there and thank you for your service.

  6. Melissa I am proud to see you recognized that there is a difference in a male officer and a female officers way of dealing with people and the situations they are in. It takes both to deal with certain situations and I can tell you really do care and are there for the right reasons. (SALUTE)

  7. Well done video ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Thank You CHP motorcycle Officer Melissa Handley for your service, dedication and inspiration to women in CHP ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

  8. Melissa G Handley

    Regular pay:$128,040.56Overtime pay:$45,678.54Other pay:$2,828.59Total pay:$176,547.69Benefits:$86,789.41

    Total pay & benefits:$263,337.10


    California is a police state. Oh and she can carry a gun in public but citizens cannot.

    According data from the U.S. Census Bureauโ€™s 2012-2016 American Community Survey, the median household income in California is $63,783.

  9. Thank you for your service Melissa!! More appreciated than words can say. Glad to have officers like you on the road with us!

  10. I truck thru all 48 states , Iโ€™m really beginning to like the CHP officers when Iโ€™m out that way …. good job protecting the public CHP !!!!

  11. Per Michael, Wow Melis! So proud of YOU for doing your best for all these years. You've always been number ONE with me!

  12. Just remember that if you get pulled over by a motorcycle cop you will get a ticket.That's all they do. Cops that drive cars will let you go way more often with just a warning.

  13. I completely support the CHP. Both my sister and brother in law are officers. I am grateful for the work you all do. Looking at the video background though I canโ€™t but understand why so many people are leaving LA and California all together. Itโ€™s falling apart. I couldnโ€™t stand LA anymore and finally took a leap and moved. If we didnโ€™t love the ocean so much, we probably would have left the state as well. To the officers, thank you for making our highways safer. I know you canโ€™t catch everyone and they seem to know it too. Be safe and know most of us are behind you even if the media says otherwise.

  14. I will never understand why CHP Motors are still wearing horsey-riding-boots, woolies, open face helmets like in the 1920's. They should be setting the example for motorcyclists by wearing PROPER riding gear- Modular helmets, Motorcycle pants, jackets, moto boots, and gloves… and for some reason, CHP deems themselves exempt from wearing OSHA required HIGH VISIBILITY Apparel (23 C.F.R. 634.3) Even Firefighters are required to wear vests over their turnouts…

  15. Great video and great job Officer. From your brothers and sisters in Massachusetts. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

  16. Great video CHP. Melissa is an inspiration to the up and coming. Thank you for all that you do keeping California safe.

  17. Thanks Melissa. Melissa is a great public safety officer and it shows in her professionalism and service. She also a great neighbor.


  19. Tip of the spear? Handing out traffic tickets? Motor cops are just above IA. Better off staying in motor if thatโ€™s how you see it.

  20. Awesome vid thank u for all U and All peace officers due everyday and night to protect us even if most wont agree cause there is many that speak but a Few that act on the calling. Job well done.

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