The Public Information Unit (PIU) coordinates CHP - Golden Gate Division's media relations, community outreach, and recruitment activities for the 9 counties that comprise the San Francisco Bay Area.
Our goal is to make transparent the operations of the California Highway Patrol in order to further our mission of providing the highest level of Safety, Service and Security to the Bay Area. We provide information and education, in cooperation with our newspaper, magazine, radio and television media partnerships. We also operate several social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to allow us to interact directly with the public.
The San Francisco Bay Area is made up of amazing and diverse
people and we are honored to live and work in this beautiful region of
California. We feel compelled to be actively involved in our communities and
you will find us ever-present in your neighborhoods, at schools, various safety
events, and local fairs. To find safety events and classes being conducted
throughout the San Francisco Bay Area by the CHP, join us at CHP-BayArea.Eventbrite.com.
The Golden Gate Division Public Information Unit is comprised of
a Supervisor (Sergeant Raul Gonzalez), Public Information Officer (Officer John
Fransen), Community Outreach Officers (Officer Erica Tatum and Josue Davila),
El Protector (Officer Custodio Lopez), and Recruitment Officers (Officer Edgar
Vega and Officer Caleb Benefiel). One of the most important duties of a PIO is
to develop community partnerships with organizations to spread our message of
traffic and public safety. Through partnerships with groups like Mothers
Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Safe Kids, and many others, our messages reach
increasing numbers of children, teens, and adults. The CHP also partners with
our allied law enforcement agencies through campaigns like AVOID to enhance public
safety both on the freeways and within our communities. Our Recruitment
Officers are working tirelessly within the community, to provide more
information about exciting careers with the California Highway Patrol. For more
information about careers with the CHP, visit CHPcareers.com.
In addition to the Public Information Unit, each CHP Area Office
within Golden Gate Division also has a Public Information Officer to conduct
media interviews, compose press releases, coordinate community outreach events,
manage Area-specific social media accounts, and conduct traffic safety