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 gamechanger in the fight against
organized retail crime, a major drug seizure in the Central Valley, street
racing and sideshow enforcement, a daring rescue, and child passenger safety
list below includes the headline (with a link to the full text) and an
excerpt from each announcement. Click
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CALIFORNIA MAKING THE
LARGEST-EVER INVESTMENT IN COMBATING ORGANIZED RETAIL CRIME
California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner Sean Duryee
was joined by local leaders in law enforcement during a press conference
highlighting Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement earlier in the week
about the largest-ever single investment to combat organized retail crime in
California history. The more than $267
million will be dispersed to 55 cities and counties to increase arrests and
prosecutions for organized retail crime.
Since October 2019, the CHP’s Organized Retail Crime Task Force has
been involved in more than 1,850 investigations that have led to the recovery
of $30.7 million in stolen merchandise.
TRAFFIC STOP NETS OVER
150 POUNDS OF NARCOTICSA joint operation in Fresno County involving the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the CHP
resulted in the felony arrest of a suspect and the seizure of more than 150
pounds of narcotics, including 485,000 fentanyl pills disguised as oxycodone
and 45 pounds of cocaine. The arrest
is the result of a traffic stop on Sept. 8 by a CHP officer and subsequent
investigation by the DOJ. The case
will be prosecuted by the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office.
CHP DEPLOYS STREET
RACING AND SIDESHOW ENFORCMENT OPERATION IN LOS ANGELES COUNTYThe CHP’s Southern Division Street Racing Enforcement
Unit conducted two separate street racing details on Sept. 8 and 9 in Los
Angeles County in response to a street racing event that was promoted on
social media. During the two-day
suppression effort, CHP officers issued 72 citations, impounded/stored 40
vehicles, and made 65 arrests. Additionally,
there were two arrests made for illegal gun possession and another for
assault with a deadly weapon (ADW) with a vehicle on an officer.
CHP AIR OPERATIONS
HOISTS INJURED HIKER TO SAFETY IN MARIN COUNTY
Impressive teamwork among first responders results in the
safe recovery of an injured hiker in the Bay Area. On Sept. 10, a helicopter (H-30) assigned
to the CHP’s Golden Gate Division Air Operations Unit responded with Ross
Valley Fire, Marin County Fire Medic 95, and the Marin County Water District for
the daring rescue of the hiker on the Azalea Hill Road. This was the 88th person rescued by CHP
Golden Gate Division in 2023.
CHP FOCUSED ON SAFE, SECURE RIDES FOR
The CHP is dedicating the third week of September to
ensuring California’s youngest motor vehicle passengers are safe and secure
while traveling on the state’s roadways.
National Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept. 17-23. The week serves as an opportunity to
educate and encourage parents and caregivers to make certain that every child
is properly restrained for every trip, facing the correct direction, and in
the correct safety seat for their age and size.
The mission of the CHP is to
provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.