South Los Angeles primarily serves the southernmost part of Los Angeles County and is the home of the Port of Los Angeles, which is the busiest container port in the United States. The South Los Angeles Area office services the communities of Torrance, Carson, Gardena, Redondo Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Compton, Willowbrook and Long Beach. The South Los Angeles Area Office is home to several landmarks, like the Queen Mary, the Vincent Thomas Bridge, Cal State Long Beach, The Aquarium of the Pacific, The Long Beach Grand Prix and The Watts Towers among many more.The South Los Angeles Area strives to provide the highest level of Safety, Service and Security to the people in our community. Our vision is to create partnerships and build trust within the communities we serve.We encourage you to enjoy your time while you're visiting our Area, and remember, please don't drink or text while driving.
In December 2017, Captain Tariq D. Johnson, a 20-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol, assumed the role as commander of the South Los Angeles Area. South Los Angeles serves the unincorporated areas of Palos Verdes, Long Beach, Florence-Firestone, Walnut Park, Willowbrook, El Camino Village, Carson, Torrance and Compton. South Los Angeles Area also provides law enforcement services along the South Bay corridor freeways which include I-110, I-710, I-405, I-105, SR-91, SR-47 and SR-103. Captain Johnson began his career with the CHP assigned to road patrol duties at the Baldwin Park Area. Upon promoting through the ranks, Captain Johnson worked in two divisions: Southern and Valley. Within those divisions, Captain Johnson worked in several field and administrative commands including South Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, Altadena, Transportation Management Center, Judicial Protection, Sacramento Communication Center and Southern Division.
Throughout his career, Captain Johnson has been a leader within the community and actively participates in local events such as the Martin Luther King Day Parade, Compton Christmas Parade, Turkey Giveaways, and Feeding the Homeless. In addition, Captain Johnson established a local literacy program called “Read with a CHiP,” wherein officers interact with children in kindergarten through 8th grade. Captain Johnson attended Columbia Union College and Cal State San Bernardino University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Prince Hall Freemason, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and volunteers as a youth basketball coach. Captain Johnson is an active participant in several departmental programs and community events striving to provide the highest level of Safety and Service to the people of California.