Welcome to the California Highway Patrol, Santa Fe Springs Area, 140 law enforcement professionals and civilian support staff committed to public safety and community service. The Santa Fe Springs Area serves the southeast portion of Los Angeles County, encompassing the cities of Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, Lakewood, Norwalk, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs and Whittier. Arguably one of the busiest CHP commands, the members of the Area take great pride in the communities they serve and represent.The Santa Fe Springs Area has jurisdictional traffic management responsibilities for the unincorporated communities of Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights Southeast Whittier and West Whittier with a combined total of approximately 420 county roadway miles. Five major freeways, accounting for 135 roadway miles, traverse the Santa Fe Springs Area, Interstate 5, Interstate 105, Interstate 605, State Route 60 and State Route 91. These freeways move an Annual Average Daily Traffic of approximately 1,202,000 motorists to and from the Inland Empire and Orange County to the Greater Los Angeles Area. The communities encompassing the Santa Fe Springs Area are diversely populated. The Area is home to Little India in the City of Artesia, the Pico Rivera Rodeo, and the largest Buddhist Temple in the Western Hemisphere, Hsi Lai Temple, located in the unincorporated community of Hacienda Heights. The Santa Fe Springs Area shares great partnerships with the cities and unincorporated communities within its geographic serve area, providing law enforcement assistance and educational services. The Area is proudly committed in aiding and participating in a number of annual community events. Such as, Public Safety Expo’s, National Night Out, the 4th of July Parade in Hacienda Heights and the Buckboard Parade in Rowland Heights. The Area is committed in conveying the message of driving safely every time a motorist gets behind the wheel, by providing safety educational programs in an effort to reduce the loss of life. Programs like: Start Smart (a program for teen drivers and parents), Every 15 Minutes (a program to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving to juniors and seniors at local high schools), KEYS (a program for senior drivers). The Area is very proactive in seeking and removing impaired drivers before they can cause a devastating consequence. With these educational programs and proactive actions through enforcement the Area can help in the reduction of traffic collisions causing fatalities and injuries to motorists, who live in the area and those who commute through the Santa Fe Springs Area. Contact our office to learn more information on how to safely utilize child passenger safety seats, teach new drivers the challenges of the road, or learn safety tips for driving in inclement weather or in high volume traffic. You can help us by driving defensively and safely, obeying the speed laws, and being courteous on the road.
Captain David Moeller, a 36-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol, is a lifelong resident of Southern California and a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Captain Moeller entered the California Highway Patrol Academy located in Reed, California and graduated in August of 1984 with an initial assignment to the East Los Angeles Area.Captain Moeller worked as a road patrol officer for 12-years assigned to the East Los Angeles and Newhall Areas during an era of revolvers and 55 MPH freeway speed limits. As an officer, Captain Moeller became a Field Training Officer and participated in many of Southern Division’s innovative service and enforcement programs to include CHiPs for Kids, and the Impaired Driver Task Force, which focused on making highways safer through the identification and apprehension of DUI drivers. Captain Moeller served a number of other specialized field assignments and worked through the floods, earthquakes and riots of the ‘90s before promoting to the rank of sergeant in 1997 and new assignment at the West Valley Area.As a field sergeant, Captain Moeller supervised many of the specialized assignments he had previously been assigned to as an officer, to include the Impaired Driver Task Force and the Department’s Protective Services Detail, which provides dignitary protection and transportation. In 1999 Captain Moeller obtained a position as a supervisor with the Southern Division Vehicle Theft Unit, where his was also a member of the Division’s Warrant Service and Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation teams.In 2004, Captain Moeller returned to a field command as a newly promoted lieutenant and worked in the West Los Angeles Area for a period of 2-years before obtaining a position as the Southern Division Special Services lieutenant. As the Special Services lieutenant, Captain Moeller was charged with oversight of the Vehicle Theft and Special Services Program investigators, Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team, Applicant Investigation Unit, Officer-Involved Shooting Team as well as personnel assigned to a number of local, state and federal law enforcement task forces that investigate child exploitation, Internet and computer crimes, insurance fraud, cargo theft, and the distribution of narcotics.Following a 2012 lieutenant assignment to the Altadena Area, Captain Moeller promoted to the rank of captain in 2013 and assumed command of the Santa Fe Springs Area where he currently serves.