The California Highway Patrol (CHP), Golden Gate Division serves as the CHP command center for the greater San Francisco Bay Area comprised of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties. CHP - Golden Gate Division oversees twelve Area offices (CHP-Castro Valley, CHP-Contra Costa, CHP-Dublin, CHP-Hayward, CHP-Marin, CHP-Napa, CHP-Oakland, CHP-Redwood City, CHP-San Francisco, CHP-San Jose, CHP-Santa Rosa, and CHP-Solano), three Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facilities (CHP-Cordelia CVEF, CHP-Mission Grade CVEF, and CHP-Nimitz CVEF), a consolidated Communications Center, and an Air Operations Unit. Each office and CVEF was strategically placed to provide the best and most efficient service to the people of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our mission is to provide the highest level of safety, service and security, consistent with the Department's goals, to those who live and drive within the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as to assist our local allied law enforcement agencies when requested.
On behalf of the dedicated men and women of the California Highway Patrol in Golden Gate Division, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our webpage. Within this site, you will find helpful information about our Division, its structure, its services, and the men and women who serve in the communities, striving to make California the safest place in which to live and travel.
CHP’s Golden Gate Division has a diverse workforce with approximately 1,200 peace officers and 300 civilian members, serving the over seven million residents of the nine Bay Area counties. Each of our employees is dedicated to and responsible for providing the highest level of safety, service, and security to our residents, businesses, and visitors, ensuring California is the safest place to live and travel. We continue to develop and participate in proactive community-based efforts to promote and support safe, vital, and healthy communities. We also have active Law Enforcement Explorer Posts and senior volunteer programs throughout the Bay Area.
You have entrusted us with the education of traffic safety issues, enforcement of laws and regulations regarding those issues, and additional programs. We constantly strive to prove we deserve your trust, and the CHP voluntarily submits to an external, objective evaluation of departmental operations by the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Our Department is proud to be fully accredited through CALEA, and undergoes a re-accreditation process every three years.
Whether you are traveling the busy freeways of San Jose, San Francisco, or the East Bay; traversing one of the eight toll bridges in the Bay Area; or taking a leisurely tour of the Napa or Sonoma Valleys, CHP officers are on patrol 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We seek your comments and questions. You can contact us through the Public Information Unit at Golden Gate Division.
Ernie SanchezChief of Golden Gate Division
CHP – Careers
The San Francisco Bay Area is a unique and busy metropolitan area that brings many challenges to both the motoring public and the CHP officers who patrol it. With the Bay Area being a major tourist area and host to many different events, traffic volumes on freeways fluctuate on any given day. Patrol officers provide traffic enforcement and general law enforcement services to millions of motorists on extensive highway structures that include interstate freeways, U.S. Routes, State Routes, highways, and expressways. Interstate transportation of commerce, recreational travel, and the overall traffic volume acts as large contributors to the Bay Area's economy and its transportation issues. In order to facilitate these transportation issues, the Bay Area has engineered one of the most complex freeway and highway systems throughout the state.
In order to accomplish our mission, our CHP personnel are committed to our organizational values of respect for others, fairness, ethical practices, and equitable treatment for all who serve. This is the foundation of our pledge to public safety and service. Our personnel must be highly trained as they are called upon to patrol the metropolitan elevated freeway structures and bridges; as well as, the rural farming and agriculture communities. Eight toll bridges, more than any other CHP Division in the state, are the arteries that move the lifeblood of commercial and commuter vehicles over the bays. The CHP accepts the responsibility for the efficiency of vehicular travel upon freeways and the service to its motoring public to ensure their utmost protection.
Golden Gate Division takes this challenge completely, focusing enforcement of the California Vehicle Code, particularly in areas of speed, safety belt/child restraints, and driving under the influence. In addition to enforcement, officers patrol state properties and educate the motoring public on the state traffic laws through community events and the installation of child restraints as a means to maintain and emphasize traffic safety. When our education programs fail to gain compliance, our proactive enforcement serves as a reminder to obey the law. Officers assigned to road patrol duties, vigorously enforce the California Vehicle Code to modify unlawful behavior and enhance traffic safety for all motorists, passengers and pedestrians. Inspection facilities are in constant operation focusing enforcement of laws, regulations, and rules as they relate to the safe operation of commercial vehicles and drivers. Answering "911" calls, assisting allied agencies, and dispatching officers is the great responsibility that rests on our sole Communications Center. Our officers are dispatched into some of the most dangerous streets in California to assist with civil disturbances, natural and manmade disasters, and incidents needing additional emergency law enforcement responses. The intention of Golden Gate Division is to keep you safe on the road, twenty four hours a day, seven days per week, and through all four seasons of the year by providing the highest levels of safety, service, and security.
The California Highway Patrol uses a boat to patrol the waters of the San Francisco Bay. The boat crew is tasked with checking under bridges for suspicious activities. They are also responsible in preventing pleasure boats from entering the Bay Bridge demolition zone.
Are you looking for a way to make a positive difference in your community as a CHP Officer or Public Safety Dispatcher? You can contact Officer Bradley Larson or Officer Matt Crist at email@example.com with questions regarding a career with the California Highway Patrol or go to CHPcareers.com and apply today.
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