The East Los Angeles Area is on the eastern boundary of the City of Los Angeles. The East Los Angeles Area proudly delivers traffic and general law enforcement services to a population of approximately three million people and patrols 88 miles of freeway, and several unincorporated roadways. The East Los Angeles Area is a major thoroughfare for commercial traffic from the Port of Long Beach to the greater Los Angeles Area. Thousands of commercial vehicles enter and leave the port via Interstate 710 (I710) corridor on a daily basis. Local residents, daily commuters, and travelers all share these same roadways with the “big rigs.” The East Los Angeles Area contains several major thoroughfares to Los Angeles and the Inland Empire; namely Interstate10 (I10) and State Route 60 (SR60). Interstate 5 (I5), which connects Los Angeles to northern California and Orange County, also passes through the East Los Angeles Area. We provide service to the unincorporated areas of East Los Angeles, South San Gabriel, and pockets of unincorporated areas within Pico Rivera and Rosemead. Within the unincorporated areas, responsibilities primarily include enforcement of the Vehicle Code and traffic collision investigation. The Area is frequently called upon to provide assistance to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and numerous allied agencies which border the Area. Working closely with such agencies, and community steakholders, benefits the local communities as we develop effective communication techniques, coordinate expedited response to calls for service and employ joint emergency incident handling procedures.The educational component of the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) mission was established to prevent, deter, and reduce the tragic results of traffic-related incidents. The CHP’s outreach programs reach a broad range of individuals from different age groups and diverse backgrounds. Some of the programs used to reach the public we serve include: Start Smart, Age Well Drive Smart, Impact Teen Drivers, Child Passenger Safety Program, Explorer Program, Senior Volunteer Program, and the East Los Angeles Area CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive Program. Our social media platforms, (Twitter: @CHP_EastLA; Facebook: @eastlaCHP; and Instagram: CHP_eastlosangeles) enhance our ability to share traffic safety information and urgent updates involving our community. We encourage you to visit and follow us today!
Captain Salvador Suarez is a 24 year veteran of the
California Highway Patrol (CHP). He was born and raised in Whittier, CA,
and graduated from Whittier High School. Captain Suarez has always wanted
to make a positive impact in the community, and in 1995 his sense of calling
led him to the CHP.
He currently serves as the Commander of the East Los Angeles
Area Office, which geographically encompasses 88 miles of freeway in addition
to the unincorporated areas of East Los Angeles, South San Gabriel, and pockets
of unincorporated areas within Pico and Rosemead. The East Los Angeles
Area Office is comprised of two lieutenants, 10 sergeants, 95 officers, and
non-uniformed personnel with a spectrum of duties from clerical to fleet
maintenance. The East Los Angeles Area Office offers an Explorer Program
to young men and women (ages 15-21), and a Senior Volunteer Program to retired
persons (ages 55+). The East Los Angeles Area Office includes Special
Duty assignments for officers ranging from Community Oriented Policing (COPs)
Unit, Safety Services Program (SSP) Officers, Felony Unit Officers, Accident
Investigation Officers, Evidence Officer, Court Liaison Officer, Discovery
Officer, Tow Rotation Officer, and Public Information Officer.
Captain Suarez entered the academy in 1995 and upon
graduation was assigned to the Santa Fe Springs Area Office. Captain
Suarez transferred to the Arrowhead Area Office and San Bernardino Area Office
before promoting to the Castro Valley Area Office as Sergeant. In 2009,
Captain Suarez returned to the Arrowhead Area Office, and subsequently the San
Bernardino Area Office. While in Arrowhead, he was appointed Acting Area
Commander during the absence of the Area Commander, and rose to the challenge
of the responsibility. In 2013, Captain Suarez promoted to the
Bakersfield Area Office as Lieutenant, and in 2015 was appointed Lieutenant,
Commander of the Desert Hills Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility. He
spent the next three years working tirelessly planning, organizing, directing,
coordinating and controlling all CHP operations and functions pertaining to the
enforcement facility, including ensuring personnel provided indispensable
service to the public. On May 1, 2018, he was promoted to rank of Captain
and assigned to the East Los Angeles Area Office as the Commander.
Captain Suarez has received numerous commendations and
awards that include multiple Commander Commendations for Exceptional
Performance, Motorola Webber-Seavey Award, Division Chief and San Bernardino
Police Chief Commendation for Outstanding Service, and a Division Commander
Commendation for Exceptional Performance, just to name a few of his
accolades. Captain Suarez is a member of the National Latino Peace
Officer Association, and a member of the Southeast Chiefs of Police
Association. He is an active member of the community, and enjoys coaching
soccer in his hometown.
Captain Suarez is committed to ensuring you can always trust
that the men and women of the East Los Angeles Area Office will always do their
best to provide the highest level of safety, service and security.