The CHP’s Northern Division boundaries encompass the 13 northern-most
California counties. From the rugged coastline in the west, to the Oregon and
Nevada borders, Northern California boasts many of the world’s natural wonders,
including national and state parks, wildlife refuges, fish hatcheries, lakes,
rivers, waterfalls, forests, and mountains. Residents and visitors of Northern
California can enjoy on and off-road biking, fishing, boating, camping, hiking,
backpacking, hunting, skiing, and photography in this beautiful region.
Northern California leads the nation in the production of more than 30
commodities, including peaches, eggs, walnuts, strawberries and rice. Northern
Division has it all! Within this geographical area of 39,929 square miles are nearly
36,000 miles of roadway. The CHP is responsible for patrolling 20,715 miles of
that roadway, which represents 21.2 percent of all the roadway miles CHP
patrols statewide! The CHP provides road patrol and emergency response
24-hours-a-day, 7-days a week. In Northern Division, the CHP is represented by
approximately 557uniformed employees and 194 non-uniformed employees. These employees
live and work in these communities, are aware of the qualities and needs of
each, and strive to provide the highest level of safety, service, and security.
The Northern Division office, located in Redding, is responsible
for overseeing all CHP operations in this region, including its 15 Area
Offices, 11 Resident Posts, and 2 commercial vehicle enforcement facilities. Northern Division staff is divided into
separate units for the management of numerous departmental programs: Field
Support Unit; Air Operations; Commercial Enforcement; Motor Carrier Safety;
Investigative Services Unit (ISU); and the Multidisciplinary Accident
Investigation Team (MAIT).
My desire is to continuously accomplish the mission of the CHP,
which is to provide the highest level of safety, service, and security to the
people of California. By focusing on the following three goals, we will accomplish
our mission. First, we are committed to
reduce the mileage death rate, by providing education and enforcement on
distracted driving, DUI, speed, and equipment requirements. Secondly, we have a
community mindset, which is dedicated to increasing public trust. Our current
times desperately call for strong bonds between the public and law enforcement,
who are called to serve and protect them. We are so appreciative of the support
and encouragement from our local communities, especially in the last few years.
Thirdly, I am committed to the overall wellness of all Northern Division
employees, both on the job and off. By increasing officer safety practices and
promoting wellness campaigns, my hope is to increase the wellness of us all.
Thank you for visiting our
website. If we can be of any assistance, we welcome you to contact us.
Elizabeth Barkley, Chief
CHP – Northern Division