Jaime Coffee, Director of CommunicationsOffice of Media Relations601 North 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
CHP Media Relations: (916) 843-3310
#ICYMI: A roundup of notable incidents involving
the CHP this past week, including a helping of Safety, Service and Security
for Thanksgiving, cracking down on retail crime heading into the holidays,
cargo theft investigators recovering millions of dollars in stolen
merchandise, a new class of cadets beginning their journey at the CHP Academy,
and the spirit of giving.
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CHP SERVES UP A
MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PERIOD FOR THANKSGIVING
A busy holiday weekend on California’s
roadways included the CHP’s annual Thanksgiving Maximum Enforcement Period
(MEP) Nov. 22 – 26. During the 102-hour holiday enforcement effort, CHP
officers made a total of 1,046 arrests for driving under the influence, a 3%
increase from the same period last year.
Sadly, 32 people were killed in traffic crashes within CHP
jurisdiction – a more than 13% decrease from the 2022 Thanksgiving MEP. Speed was also in abundance throughout the
holiday, with more than 13,700 speeding citations issued statewide. Of those speeding citations issued by CHP, 830
citations went to drivers who were traveling in excess of 100 mph.
RETAIL CRIME TASK FORCES READY FOR THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON
Heading into the busy holiday shopping season, California
launched an organized retail crime crackdown.
As part of the effort, the CHP’s ORCTF is teaming up with
its law enforcement partners throughout the state and retailers to keep
shoppers and merchants safe, while catching retail criminals in the act. In the coming weeks, several proactive
operations are planned with allied agencies throughout the state and
investigators will aggressively go after known boosters—the people who steal
products from retailers—as well as fences—those who purchase stolen goods and
resell them either online or at a physical location.
RECOVER MORE THAN $9.5 MILLION IN STOLEN MERCHADISE
CHP investigators assigned to the Southern Division Cargo
Theft Interdiction Program (CTIP) arrested members of an organized cargo
theft crew for grand theft, cargo theft, and conspiracy in connection with an
organized cargo theft ring that stole millions of dollars’ worth of goods
from big box retailers throughout Southern California. On Nov. 21, investigators served multiple
search warrants throughout Los Angeles County and arrested two individuals
for their active participation in an organized cargo theft ring. In addition to the arrests, property stolen
from over a dozen big box retailers throughout Southern California was
recovered. The stolen items included
shoes, clothing, electronics, perishables, and other goods.
THE CHP ACADEMY
WELCOMES A NEW CLASS OF CADETSMore than 120 cadets began their 26-weeks of
training at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento on Nov.13. Upon arrival, Cadet Training Class VI-23
was greeted by the more than 100 members of the senior class of cadets, who
gave them a taste of what was to come at the Academy. The CHP Academy is currently running three
cadet training classes at a time, bringing the current number in training to
more than 330. If you are interested
in an exciting career that offers diversity, challenges, and opportunities,
the CHP invites you to apply to
become a part of our professional organization.
TIS’ THE SEASON FOR GIVING: CHiPs for
Kids CHP offices throughout the state are getting
into the holiday spirit by kicking off their annual CHiPs for Kids toy
drive. The CHP has been collecting
toys and distributing them to kids and families in need since 1988. The goal of the annual toy drive is to
continue to build a positive relationship between law enforcement and young
children, to develop trust, and help ensure children enjoy the holiday
season. Contact your local CHP office
to see where you can drop off a new, unwrapped toy that will help brighten a
The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of
Safety, Service and Security.