Safety, Service and Security

Welcome to the California Highway Patrol's San Gorgonio Pass Area Office. Below you'll find links to programs we offer, information about events in our area, and tips to safe motoring. As the commander of the San Gorgonio Area, I assure you that the CHP is committed to keeping you safe on the road, and offering assistance when it's needed. Contact us if you have questions or concerns - we're located at:

The History of the California Highway Patrol and San Gorgonio Pass

On August 14, 1929, the California Highway Patrol was created through an act of the Legislature. The new law gave Statewide authority to the Highway Patrol to enforce traffic laws on county and State highways - a responsibility which remains in effect today, along with many additional responsibilities undreamed of in 1929.

The primary mission of the California Highway Patrol is to "provide the highest level of safety, service, and security to the people of California." As a statewide criminal justice agency, the CHP also provides law enforcement assistance to local governments and allied agencies when situations exceed the limits of local resources. The CHP also serves as the leader for statewide vehicle theft prevention and recovery efforts, and is the primary authority for enforcing laws and regulations relating to commercial vehicle safety and the commercial vehicle industry. In addition, the CHP is responsible for providing security and protective services to elected state officials, state government employees, and state facilities.

In 1964, the Banning Area Office opened with Lieutenant E.G. Heringer as its first commander. The original office was located at 1735 E. Ramsey Street in Banning. A few years later the squad moved to 60 N. Highland Springs Avenue. In 1996, while under the command of Captain Chris Madigan, Banning Area moved into its present location at 195 Highland Springs Avenue in the City of Beaumont. At that point, Banning CHP officially changed names to become the San Gorgonio Pass Area Office - commonly referred to as "San G." San G is a command within Border Division and is staffed with a Captain Commander, one Lieutenant, five Sergeants and 42 Officers. San G also employs a dedicated civilian and Senior Volunteer support staff that performs a vital role in office and automotive operations - Area officers could not do what they do without their support. Area has traffic management responsibilities for more than 860 square miles of Riverside County and encompasses the communities of Banning, Beaumont, Cabazon, Hemet, San Jacinto and Winchester. San G also has three Resident Post officers who serve the mountain communities of Aguanga, Anza and Idyllwild. San G is in a unique position to experience both extreme desert heat and the cold of winter with its snow and ice. As seen in the pictures below - taken by Officer Mike Murawski - Area experiences both fire and ice. The summer brings a constant danger of fire in the San Jacinto mountains and in the hills adjacent to several area roadways, and winter brings icy, hazardous roadways which require chains and excellent driving skills.

We're proud of our organization, our uniformed and civilian staff, and the job we do. Our goal is to keep you safe on the road, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and throughout the year. Help us by doing your part: driving the posted speed limit, taking extra care during inclement weather and at night, and by courteous, defensive driving.

Area Commander

Captain Gregory Peck

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