The California Highway Patrol San Jose Area is proud to serve the Golden Gate region providing safety, service, and security to over one million residents, commuters, and tourists each day. As part of the CHP’s Golden Gate Division, our office patrols U.S. Route 101, Interstate 280, Interstate 680, Interstate 880, State Route 17, State Route 85, State Route 87, State Route 130, and State Route 237. We also cover parts of Montague, San Tomas, Lawrence, and Central Expressways in addition to roughly 1,000 miles of unincorporated county roadways in Santa Clara County. We offer a number of programs aimed at keeping you safe on the road and on the highway. Contact our office for information on how to safely buckle kids in their safety seats, teach new drivers the challenges of the road, or learn some tips for driving at night, in bad weather, and in high volume traffic. You can help us by driving defensively and safely, obeying the posted speed, giving enough room between you and the car ahead of you, using your turn indicators, and being courteous on the road. Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. Click Programs & Services above to learn more about the many traffic safety programs the CHP offers.
My name is Ceto Ortiz and I am honored to serve as the Commander of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), San Jose Area. During my 22 years with the CHP, I have served the people of this state in various assignments located in Los Angeles, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sacramento and Fresno counties. There is no doubt law enforcement is a noble profession, so my commitment as Captain is for me and my personnel to provide high quality service to all individuals to help make our communities and roadways a safer place to live and travel.
The San Jose Area has set ambitious goals to enhance traffic safety through dedication, sacrifice and innovative methods for the 2500 miles of freeway and unincorporated county roads the Area covers in Santa Clara County. We strive to reduce the number of injuries and deaths caused by motorists failing to utilize restraint systems, driving while distracted, disobeying speed laws, and driving under the influence. We accomplish these goals through community partnerships, education, and high visibility enforcement. In addition to the CHP's primary responsibility of traffic enforcement and collision investigation, there are many programs which we provide. We have a vibrant Senior Volunteer Program and a flourishing Explorer post, both of which assist in our efforts to provide education, services, and seminars to the public. We also participate and/or host events in which we provide more specific information regarding safety. Please come and visit our office to learn more about our Department and how we can best serve you. I am proud of our organization and want to provide you the opportunity to understand why. Thank for your support of law enforcement and the San Jose Area office. Drive safely!
1095 Homestead Road Santa Clara, CA 95050 (408) 556-3000
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Officer Coburn B. Jewell had parked his patrol car on the highway shoulder with the amber lights on. Jewell was sitting on the passenger side of the front seat when a motorist lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the parked patrol car. The motorist's vehicle was traveling at 50 mph when it struck Officer Jewell's vehicle. The force of the impact killed Officer Jewell.
Officer William D. McKim, assigned to the Coyote Scale Facility near San Jose, was pursuing a commercial vehicle violator when his patrol car crossed the center divider on US Highway 101 and was struck by a truck and trailer. The 50 year old patrol officer was killed instantly. McKim, a veteran of 19 years with the department, had been assigned to San Jose for 17 years. Before joining the CHP, McKim had been a firefighter with the City of Modesto.
Interested in pursuing a career with the California Highway Patrol? We are a proud and diverse department with offices spanning the whole of the State of California. Our Officers come from all manner of backgrounds and each bring a unique personal history and experience to their interaction with the public. If you are interested in serving your community with the highest levels of professionalism, respect and honor, visit www.chpcareers.com and answer the call.
The California Highway Patrol Explorer Program is a unique and challenging opportunity that allows young men and women (ages 15-21) to be an integral part of the Department's operations and experience what a career in law enforcement would be like. Explorers are trained in many aspects of law enforcement and they work with Officers in the field as they patrol the streets and highways of California. The Explorers participate in many activities including ride-alongs with Officers, DUI checkpoints, medical and physical fitness training, assisting with clerical duties, and community service events. These young men and women are dedicated to the mission of developing themselves into responsible and productive citizens through discipline and a commitment to serve their community.
The San Jose Area is proud to be a thriving Explorer post. Feel free to contact our Office for additional information.
We host many community oriented programs at the San Jose CHP Office focusing on driving safety and community interaction. Some of those programs include Start Smart and Impact Teen Driver presentations focusing on giving young and new drivers the tools and knowledge essential to remaining safe behind the wheel, the Age Well Drive Smart program focusing on senior drivers and safety, and car seat safety classes at area hospitals, in addition to a fitting station at our Office with appointments available by phone. We also do presentations for companies and businesses on a recurring basis talking to their employees about driving laws and removing distractions from the driving environment.
We are very committed to our community and pride ourselves on the relationships we build and maintain. Events like Coffee With A Cop give us the opportunity to foster those relationships and have an open dialogue about any community concerns.
Check back often for information about when these events are taking place. You can also check our Facebook and Twitter pages at CHP San Jose, or call our Office for more information.