Josh Ehlers, Commander Office of Community Outreach & Media Relations 601 North 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
Fran CladerDirector of Communications (916) 843-3310
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) announced today that Commissioner Joe Farrow is joining the conversation on social media. Commissioner Farrow’s handle on Twitter, @CHPCommissioner, will complement the CHP’s growing popularity on various social media platforms.
"The CHP is always searching for new and better ways to interact with the public we serve," said Commissioner Farrow. "Using available social media sites seemed like a natural way for the CHP to provide education and information to the public."
Since the CHP entered the social media arena in 2012, its following has grown to nearly 195,000 on Facebook and more than 24,000 on Twitter. To connect with the CHP on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/chp/, and on Twitter @CHP_HQ.
The CHP also operates a Nixle account. Nixle allows the CHP to provide nearly immediate, geographically-targeted, public safety information to subscribers. Nixle has been used to provide notifications to the public ranging from advisories to emergencies.
In addition to the above accounts, the CHP also maintains accounts on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/californiahighwaypatrol/, YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/TheCHPChannel, and Vimeo https://vimeo.com/chphq to share videos for public viewing, such as public service announcements and safety messages. These messages include information about AMBER Alerts and the prevention of driving under the influence.
"Connecting with the public we serve allows them to share their thoughts on CHP operations. Whether it is a comment or concern, we want the public to feel their voice is being heard by the CHP," said Commissioner Farrow. "Public safety and trust are our primary interests."
Many CHP Division and Area offices are also part of the growing conversation on social media. Twitter and Facebook accounts are a popular way for local CHP Areas to alert the public to traffic issues in their area.
The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to the people of California.
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