The Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol is responsible for one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the nation. With more than 12,000 employees and 100 offices, the CHP is responsible for more than just patrolling the more than 1 million miles of road, it also serves in protecting California citizens and visitors against terrorism and computer theft, and is responsible for emergency response, anywhere in the state. By land, sea, and air, the CHP is there to serve and protect.
The three offices listed below report to the Commissioner directly.
Office of Special Representative
The Office of Special Representative (OSR) is responsible for representing the Department concerning state and federal legislation that impacts the programs and operations of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). In this capacity, OSR serves as the Department's liaison to the California State Legislature and United States Congress, representing the Commissioner and the Department before special interest groups and other organizations interested in motor vehicle legislation or traffic safety issues, as well as numerous internal and external committees. OSR is committed to providing the Department exceptional representation in order to ensure effective communication with the Governor's office, members of the legislative body, state and federal agencies, and allied law enforcement agencies.
The Special Representative to the Legislature advises the Commissioner and the Department on all legislative matters, making certain that departmental positions on legislation promote traffic safety and are consistent with the Commissioner's philosophy, as well as that of the California State Transportation Agency, and the Governor's office. Additionally, OSR assists in the handling of legislator/constituent inquiries involving the Department by serving as liaison to the California State Senate and Assembly.
In accordance with Sections 10242.5(c)(1) and 9795 of the California Government Code, OSR is also responsible for ensuring the following CHP legislative reports required by law are filed:
Office of Employee Relations
The mission of the Office of Employee Relations (OER) is to provide the Department's managers and supervisors a resource they can rely on whenever an employer/employee relations matter arises. The commitment includes providing accurate, consistent, and timely information regarding contract interpretation and application, grievance and complaint handling, policies, and interpretation of the Dills Act.
The Commissioner's philosophy of fostering positive employer/employee relations has been a significant element to our success as an organization. The Department's positive working relationships with state labor organizations have been the model by which other state, federal, and local law enforcement agencies strive to emulate. One of the keys to our continued success as an organization will be to maintain open lines of communication with our employees and the organizations that represent them.
Office of Inspector General
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is responsible for establishing a credible and comprehensive process to identify and solve problems before they become critical issues. The OIG has created a systematic and disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.
For more information regarding the OIG, please refer to the OIG web page at:https://www.chp.ca.gov/find-an-office/headquarters/commissioner/office-of-inspector-general