West Los Angeles is geographically the smallest of the ten Southern Division Offices but has some the busiest and congested freeways in Los Angeles, including: Interstate 405 (San Diego Freeway), I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway), I-105 (Century Freeway) and the SR-90 (Marina Freeway). The West Los Angeles Area office is home to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is the only international airport in the Greater Los Angeles Area, the second-most populated metropolitan area in the United States. West Los Angeles is also home to the second oldest public university in California, home of the UCLA Bruins, the iconic Santa Monica Pier and the Getty Center. With miles and miles of beach front property West Los Angeles CHP serves several beach cities and freeway adjacent cities including Santa Monica, Venice, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Hawthorne and Inglewood. As well as several unincorporated communities, including: Athens, Lennox, Del Aire, Ladera Heights and Marina Del Rey.
Captain Douglas Young is a 25-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and currently serves as the Commander of the West Los Angeles Area (WLA). He was born in Oakland, CA, and raised in the bordering city of Alameda. After high school, Captain Young attended California State University, Fresno, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training, and a Teaching Credential. Captain Young began his working career as a school teacher. During summer breaks, he worked as a seasonal firefighter for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL Fire). This experience led to Captain Young’s interest in public safety.
Captain Young entered the CHP Academy in 1994. After graduation, he was assigned to the Central Los Angeles Area (CLA). Captain Young promoted to sergeant in 2007. As an officer and sergeant in CLA, he worked a variety of duties including motorcycle patrol, Safety Services Program, which involves security for State facilities and State employees, and Protective Services Detail. In 2013, Captain Young promoted to lieutenant in South Los Angeles Area. Captain Young’s experience as a lieutenant included both field and administrative operations. Captain Young continued to coordinate Southern Division’s Protective Services Detail, providing security for visiting dignitaries throughout Los Angeles County. In January 2018, Captain Young transferred to Southern Division to serve as the Chief’s Administrative Assistant. He promoted to Captain in WLA on August 1, 2018.
In 2012, Captain Young earned a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Northridge. Captain Young is an active member of the California Peace Officers’ Association. Captain Young also participates in the South Bay Commanders’ and the Westside Commanders’ working groups. Captain Young is committed to respect, fairness, accountability, and transparency. He promotes community policing and partnerships to improve the quality of life for the people of Los Angeles County.