Protective Services Division (PSD) is one of the most unique operational Divisions within the CHP. PSD is made up of three commands which include the Dignitary Protection Section, Judicial Protection Section, and the Capitol Protection Section. These offices are responsible for operations pertaining to the protection of the Governor, constitutional officers, dignitaries and judges, as well as, the State Capitol, state employees, and state facilities. PSD also works with state agencies within the downtown Sacramento area to provide them with training on mail handling, bomb threats, and personal safety. PSD also serves as a liaison between state agencies and the CHP in coordinating various events such as Child Passenger Safety Seat fittings, Safety Fairs and Career Fairs.
Capitol Protection Section (CPS) is the largest of the three commands in PSD. CPS's primary mission is to provide police
and safety services to the occupants and visitors of the State Capitol Building and grounds. In addition to daily Capitol Operations, CPS
special operations include the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, the Mounted and Bicycle Patrol Programs, and the Hazardous Device
The SWAT Team resolves or mitigates high-risk or potentially hazardous incidents occurring at state facilities; serves as a rapid deployment force and provides counter-assault team support to the Dignitary Protection Section and the Governor's Protective Detail, as requested. The SWAT team also serves as a departmental resource for tactical training.
CPS is the Office of Primary Interest for the Mounted and Bicycle Patrol Units. Officers assigned to these programs patrol the State Capitol
Building, as well as state facilities throughout the downtown area. CPS also has an active Crime Scene Investigation program.
Dignitary Protection Section (DPS) operates from two primary locations, Los Angeles and Sacramento.
Judicial Protection Section (JPS) operates from two primary locations, San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as from six satellite offices located in San Diego; Riverside; Santa Ana; Fresno, San Jose, and Sacramento. JPS is responsible for the provision of protective services to members of the State Judiciary with offices located throughout the state, and includes both the California State Supreme Court and the various State Courts of Appeal. The services provided include, but are not limited to: bailiff duties; security of courtrooms, chambers, and other spaces of the courts; and physical security procedures for individual justices as required.