(545) Antelope Valley


(661) 948-8541


2041 West Avenue 'I'
Lancaster , CA CA 93536


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The California Highway Patrol (CHP), Antelope Valley Area is responsible for patrolling approximately 30 miles of State Route 14 from Acton, CA to the Kern County line and approximately 1400 miles of unincorporated roadways located in various communities throughout the Antelope Valley including: Angeles Forest Highway, Angeles Crest Highway, State Route 138 and State Route 18.

The Antelope Valley is host to several annual events that bring thousands of visitors to our area and upon our highways as drivers or as passengers.  Every Spring, thousands of visitors flock to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve and attend the Annual Poppy Festival held at Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park.  The annual Los Angeles County Air Show is held at our very own William J. Fox Airfield and brings in thousands of visitors from all over Southern California.  Edwards Air Force Base, the second-largest air force base in the United States, also calls the Antelope Valley “home” and brings in thousands of visitors both military and civilian.  Mountain High Ski Resort is the most visited resort in Southern California and brings skiers, snowboarders, and snow players to our area every Winter.     

The Antelope Valley CHP is dedicated to keeping each of our residents and visitors as safe as possible.  We are committed to saving lives by preventing traffic collisions before they happen through education and enforcement efforts.  Our traffic safety education programs are offered in local schools and at community events on a continual basis in an effort to educate the public. These educational programs combined with our enforcement efforts are designed to prevent collisions, thereby reducing the tragic loss of life and serious injuries caused by unsafe driving.  Programs such as:

  • Start Smart (a program for new teen drivers and parents);

  • Every 15 Minutes (a program to raise awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence at local high schools)

  •  Impact Teen Drivers (a program for teens and their parents to address the dangers of driving reckless, distracted or while under the influence)

  • Age Well Drive Smart (a program for senior drivers) are designed to educate the public and help reduce the number of tragedies caused by traffic collisions.

  • Free child safety seat instruction/demonstrations for anyone who transports children younger than 8 years old or under 4’9” tall.

    The Antelope Valley Area is proud to be a thriving Explorer post which is designed for young men and women between the ages of 15 and 21 who are interested in a career in law enforcement.  We also have an outstanding Senior Volunteer Program for members of our community who are 55 or older and would like to volunteer their time to assist CHP employees in the performance of their duties.  We are very committed to our community and pride ourselves on the relationships we build and maintain.

    Check back often for information about when these events are taking place. You can also check our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages at CHP Antelope Valley or call our office for more information.


Suarez Captain

Captain Joseph Zagorski was born in Chicago, IL, and raised in Palm Desert, CA, where he lived until enlisting in the United States Marine Corps after his high school graduation in 1990.  During his enlistment, he obtained the rank of Sergeant prior to the honorable completion of his enlistment in 1994.  In 2004, after a successful career in management with several retail organizations, he joined the California Highway Patrol to pursue a career where he would be a part of a community of individuals dedicated to serving and protecting others above all else, just as he had experienced during his service in the United States Marine Corps.

Following graduation from the academy, he worked as a field patrol officer in the South Los Angeles, Morongo Basin, and Indio CHP Areas.  During this time, he worked numerous details and assignments including being a member of the CHP’s Honor Guard, Special Response Team, assisting K9 teams with training and traffic stops, human and drug trafficking details, combating street racing, gang suppression details, and finally as a Public Information Officer.  In 2009 he was awarded the Governor’s Gold Medal of Honor when he, his sergeant and his partner prevented an individual from committing suicide.

He promoted to the rank of sergeant in January of 2014 and worked as a field supervisor in the Fresno and Indio Area CHP offices.  After returning to the Indio Area, he was again assigned to the Border Division Honor Guard, helping plan and supervise honor guard details and ceremonies. He also worked on several special projects, including homeless encampment removals, investigations, and assisting with traffic management plans for large scale concerts and several large sporting events.

In October of 2018, he promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was assigned to the South Los Angeles Area office and while assigned there, served in numerous capacities including; Field Operations Officer, Administrative Lieutenant and Executive Officer, Southern Division Special Response Team Manager, statewide Special Response Team training CADRE member, Critical Incident Investigations Team leader, and Administrative and Operations Manager for the Southern Division Street Racing Enforcement Unit and Task Force.

On January 2, 2023, he was promoted to Captain and assigned to the Antelope Valley Area as Commander.  Captain Zagorski is committed to building relationships and trust between the California Highway Patrol and the communities within our area, while maximizing the safety, service and security to all who live in and travel through the Antelope Valley Area.


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