The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is a state law enforcement agency in California, United States. It is responsible for patrolling the state's highways and providing public safety services. The CHP was established in 1929 and is headquartered in Sacramento, California.
The CHP has a jurisdiction that covers all of California's highways, including freeways, expressways, and rural roads. The CHP is responsible for enforcing traffic laws, investigating accidents, and providing assistance to motorists. The CHP also assists local law enforcement agencies with traffic control, crowd control, and other tasks as needed.
The CHP is a large agency, with over 10,000 sworn officers and support staff. It is organized into eight divisions, each responsible for a specific region of the state. The CHP is also divided into specialized units, including an Air Operations Unit, a Motor Carrier Safety Unit, and a Commercial Vehicle Section.
In addition to its law enforcement duties, the CHP also provides public education and outreach programs, such as traffic safety presentations and seatbelt safety campaigns. The CHP also operates a number of service centers, where motorists can obtain driver licenses, vehicle registrations, and other related services.