CHP celebrating 90 years of ‘serving the people’

CHP press release

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A celebration 90 years in the making is underway at the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Through legislation, on August 14, 1929, California witnessed the evolution of traffic enforcement with the creation of a statewide law enforcement agency known today as the CHP. The purpose of creating the CHP was to provide uniform traffic law enforcement throughout the state.

To this day, assuring the safe and efficient transportation of people and goods on our highway system, remains our primary purpose.

“The history of the CHP is storied tapestry,” said CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley. “Today, we, as an organization, celebrate 90 years of serving the people of this great state, which is possible because of the dedicated women and men who make up the CHP and the support of the public and our traffic safety partners.”

As California continues to grow and change, so does the span of enforcement responsibility of the CHP. When the organization began in 1929 with its 285 personnel, California had a population of roughly 5.6 million people and 2.1 million registered vehicles. Today, the CHP is comprised of nearly 11,000 dedicated professionals, uniformed and nonuniformed; California’s population has dramatically increased to nearly 40 million people, with more than 35 million registered vehicles.

The size and responsibilities of the patrol have not been the only changes through the decades. Women joined the ranks for the first time in 1974, and various types of patrol vehicles have been implemented – including aircraft, horses, and bicycles. Tragically, in the CHP’s 90 years, 231 officers have laid down their lives in service to the public.

For more on the history of the Department, take a virtual tour of the CHP Museum located at

“While the CHP continues to evolve as a law enforcement agency, the priority of the department and its personnel remains constant – fulfilling our mission while maintaining public trust,” added Commissioner Stanley.

The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security


7 Responses to CHP celebrating 90 years of ‘serving the people’

  1. David Dennison August 19, 2019 at 4:17 pm #

    I like to think the CHP does a good job…where would we and the highways be without them….but if I could wave a magic wand and make something happen,it would be more enforcement on the SoCal speeders and more officers to slow them down,especially through the little towns up here…

  2. Trouble August 19, 2019 at 4:18 am #

    I’ll put this celebration right up there with the fruit cake festival!

    • Charles James August 20, 2019 at 6:28 am #

      Actually, the Fruitcake Festival is great fun. If you haven’t attended, you’re missing out on a great Community event.
      The CHP provides a vital service that many a stranded motorist has come to appreciate. They also provide much needed backup and coverage to local, sometimes over-extended, law enforcement.
      A yes, there is that occasional ticket… hopefully to those that speed through our local communities without thought or care for the safety of our children, residents and Visitors.

      • Trouble August 21, 2019 at 10:45 am #

        Ok, sorry Fruit Cake Lovers!

        • Charles James August 22, 2019 at 10:56 am #

          You don’t have to apologise to fruitcake lovers. They’re used to being misunderstood.

        • Charles O. Jones August 22, 2019 at 6:24 pm #

          I appreciate the CHP and other law enforcement agencies for the difficult job they do. Fruitcake ain’t bad either.

    • Trout Junkie August 23, 2019 at 11:47 am #

      You Got that Right…..


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