Located in the eastern portion of the San Gabriel Valley, approximately 15 miles east of Downtown Los Angeles, the Baldwin Park Area is home to numerous significant landmarks. With several mountain roads to travel on, one of the largest and most visited landmarks in our Area is the Angeles National Forest. These mountain roads have even been utilized as one of the Amgen Tour of California stages.
We are no strangers to dealing with heavy traffic. One of the most traveled freeways in the country, the Interstate 10 freeway, runs through our Area, connecting travelers and commuters from the San Bernardino and Riverside Counties to the Greater Los Angeles cities. We also patrol the 57 and 60 freeway interchange, which is known as one of the busiest interchanges in California.
The world famous In-N-Out Burger chain was founded just down the street from our office on Francisquito Avenue. The original burger stand has since been replaced due to the expansion of the Interstate 10 freeway; however, a replica of the original burger stand now sits just north of its original location.While racing on our freeways or roads is never permitted, we do encourage speed seekers to visit both racetracks within our Area. Whether it is learning to drive a race car at the oval track or driving your personal vehicle on the one-eighth mile drag strip at the Irwindale Event Center or watching the world’s fastest dragsters roar down the quarter mile track at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, you can legally get your motorsports fix here locally.
The Baldwin Park Area office was opened in January of 1970 and is home to a diverse group of Department personnel consisting of officers, senior volunteers, explorers, and non-uniformed personnel. Our officers routinely patrol freeways, unincorporated county surface streets, mountain roads, and attend community events. They also assist allied agencies in day-to-day law enforcement activities. Our senior volunteers are always at the ready to spring into action when called upon for their assistance. Our explorers are eager to learn the ways of the Department and prepare themselves for a career in law enforcement with their service to the community. Our non-uniformed employees are the backbone of the Department and work to keep daily operations flowing.
We take pride in the work we do. We are proud to serve all those who travel through and reside within the California Highway Patrol, Baldwin Park Area.
Captain Susan Estrem’s career with the California Highway Patrol began in 1996. After graduating from the California Highway Patrol Academy as an officer, she was assigned to the West Los Angeles Station. Upon her promotion to sergeant in 2006, Captain Estrem was assigned to the West Valley Station and West Los Angeles Station. She was promoted to lieutenant in 2011 and was assigned to the East Los Angeles Station and West Los Angeles Station. In 2018, Captain Estrem was promoted to the rank of captain and assigned to the Baldwin Park Station where she currently serves.
Since joining the California Highway Patrol, Captain Estrem has served as a team leader of the Critical Incident Investigation Team for Southern Division, been a member of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Incident Management Team and is a certified instructor for the National Traffic Incident Management Responder course. She also represented the Department on the Los Angeles County Criminal Justice Mental Health Project, served as Southern Division’s Mental Illness Response Program Coordinator and was utilized as a Racial and Identity Profiling Act Instructor.
Captain Estrem holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Anthropology from California State University, Long Beach. She also has a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in law enforcement from Chapman University.