Assistant Commissioner - Staff

The Assistant Commissioner, Staff (ACS) provides executive level oversight of four administrative Divisions and one office as well as serving as the Department's Fiscal Officer. ACS currently oversees the operations of the following divisions and offices:

- Administrative Services Division
- Enforcement and Planning Division
- Information Management Division
- Office of Employee Safety and Assistance
- Personnel and Training Division

​Administrative Services Division


The Administrative Services Division is comprised of four sections:

  • Business Services - is responsible for purchasing, warehousing, and distributing all departmental supplies and equipment (except for vehicles and telecommunications and data-processing equipment). The section also manages mail and messenger services; printing of manuals and other publications; and the maintenance and custodianship of personnel and other significant records.

  • Facilities - manages the acquisition and maintenance of CHP office facilities, awards contracts for construction and maintenance, and develops radio sites.

  • Fiscal Management - is responsible for preparing and developing the annual CHP budget. Fiscal Management Section performs the departmental accounting functions, including paying vendors, billing for reimbursable services, collecting and depositing monies, preparing and maintaining financial records and reports, and provides effective financial control over departmental funds, and developing and implementing CHP fiscal policies.

  • Fleet Operations - buys, equips, and distributes all motor vehicles operated by the Department. This includes the installation of specialized enforcement equipment.

ASD responsibilities include, but are not limited to, policy development and program management relating to accounts payable and receivable, travel expenses, departmental budget development, inventory management, contracts, purchasing, reproduction, mail services and supply services, departmental forms and Formflow development and revision, facilities acquisition, repair and maintenance, and vehicle/motorcycle acquisition, equipping and repair.

​Enforcement and Planning Division

The Enforcement and Planning Division has oversight of the Collision Investigation Unit, Accreditation Unit, and five subordinate commands, including:  Research and Planning Section, Commercial Vehicle Section, Special Projects Section, Field Support Section, and Impaired Driving Section.

The Collision Investigation Unit is responsible for: 

  • The emerging field of autonomous vehicles and associated technologies
  • Crash Investigation Training
  • Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Teams (MAIT)
  • Providing advice on coding issues and interpretation of policy regarding crashes
  • Revising Highway Patrol Manual (HPM) 110.5, Crash Investigation Manual, and HPM 110.1, MAIT Operations Manual; the CHP 555, Traffic Crash Report
  • The Traffic Crash Reconstruction Specialist Program

The Research and Planning Section is divided into three planning units:  the Special Operations Unit, the Enforcement Policy Unit, and the Enforcement Operations Unit.  This section also oversees the Freeway Service Patrol Program.

  • The Special Operations Unit is responsible for the mobile video/audio recording system (MVARS) equipment deployment and maintenance, body worn camera pilot program, child passenger safety program, every 15 minutes education program, occupant restraint enforcement, vehicle procedures policy, live scan program, rotation tow program, abandoned vehicle abatement program, and regulated special purpose vehicles program.
  • The Enforcement Policy Unit is responsible for pedestrian, bicycle, speed, and motorcycle projects throughout the state.
  • The Enforcement Operations Unit is responsible for coordinating the Department's radar, lidar, uniform crime reporting, and street racing and sideshow safety projects throughout the state.

The Commercial Vehicle Section is responsible for the Department's statewide commercial vehicle enforcement programs.  These programs include:

  • Commercial and specialized vehicle regulation
  • Vehicular equipment regulation
  • Transportation of hazardous materials and waste
  • Hazardous materials emergency response
  • Radiological transportation
  • Charter bus safety
  • Hazardous materials routing

The Field Support Section oversees an array of complex programs that fall within the purview of vehicle theft and drug trafficking/interdiction efforts of the California Highway Patrol.  Field Support Section is divided into two units, Drug Enforcement and Vehicle Theft.  Field Support Section is also the Office of Primary Interest for:

  • Critical Incident Investigation Teams
  • Departmental Detective Program
  • Criminal Apprehension Program
  • CHP's drug and bomb canine program

The Special Projects Section has primary responsibility for the strategic planning of several major programs, individual projects, staff studies, and associated manuals.  Responsibilities include:

  • Developing, coordinating, implementing, and managing the Department's Strategic Plan and strategic planning process.
  • Coordinating and developing the Department's transportation planning program.
  • Identifying and developing funding sources for, and management of, grant projects.
  • Overseeing, administering, and coordinating the California Motorcyclist Safety Program.
  • Serving as the Department liaison with the Governor's State Clearinghouse for Environmental Impact Reports initial review and distribution.

The Impaired Driving Section is divided into two units:  the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP) Unit, and the Policy and Legislation Unit (PLU).

  • The DECP Unit is responsible for the coordination of all DECP training for the State of California. As such, the DECP Unit trains both CHP and allied agency law enforcement.  Training includes: Drug Recognition Expert, Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, and Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals.  These courses are made possible through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).
  • The PLU is responsible for impaired driving enforcement policy; equipment, which includes preliminary alcohol screening devices and other emerging technology; and the OTS statewide driving under the influence enforcement grant, which funds impaired driving checkpoints, saturation patrols, and public education efforts.  Additionally, the PLU is responsible for cannabis transportation and enforcement issues; coordinating impaired driving research efforts; coordinating the Impaired Driving Task Force; and administering a grants program mandated by Proposition 64, the Adult Use Marijuana Act.

The Accreditation Unit ensures the CHP achieves the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Accreditation.  The primary purpose of the CALEA is to improve the delivery of public safety services by maintaining a comprehensive body of law enforcement standards, establishing and administering an accreditation process, and recognizing professional excellence.  The Accreditation Unit is responsible for building files using Departmental policies and documents to meet or exceed the CALEA standards.  The CHP is accredited with CALEA in three programs.  These programs include:

  • Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation Program
  • Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program
  • Training Academy Accreditation Program

Information Management Division​


Welcome to the California Highway Patrol, Information Management Division
The economic and political pressures of today's society are driving government agencies to meet accelerating demands for service with ever shrinking budgets. Doing more with less is a necessity. The CHP has incorporated this principle within its Vision for the future with a strategy for implementing technology in a reactive operational environment. The Department will continue to incorporate open systems architecture and common support files throughout the state to support the officer in the field, staff in communications centers and Area offices, and administrative personnel in headquarters facilities.

Information Management Division responsibilities include:

  • Implementing and maintaining a durable technology infrastructure composed of equipment, software, policies and procedures, and trained support staff.

  • Providing reliable communications to meet the needs of all CHP commands.

  • Providing information system solutions to meet specific program requirements.

  • Collecting data and preparing special reports and statistical analyses about CHP operations, traffic collisions, and pursuits in order to meet the needs of both public and private entities.


Information Management Division
601 North 7th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

​Office of Employee Safety and Assistance


Occupational Safety
The Department is legally and morally responsible for the safety of its employees. Safe work conditions and safe work procedures are essential to the efficient functioning of the California Highway Patrol. The Department is also responsible for ensuring that everything possible will be done to protect employees from accidents, injuries, occupational illnesses, and exposures to hazardous substances.

The Department's occupational safety program consists of several elements:

    • Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP).

    • Hazardous Substances Program.

    • Defensive Driver Training.

    • Hazardous Exposure Control Programs.

    • Ergonomic Program

    • State Business Vehicle Accident Reporting

    • Personal Protective Equipment

    • Heat / Illness Prevention

Employee Assistance
Employee Assistance is responsible for providing aid and relief to CHP Employees during difficult times, enhance their overall well-being, and reduce the potential for job-related problems that may result when an employee is distracted by personal or job-related difficulties. Each of the programs have a unique focus and is specifically designed to provide employees and their families with the appropriate type of assistance including, but not limited to: critical incident stress reactions; marital problems; illness or death of a friend, family member or coworker; depression; cancer survival; addictions; and financial concerns.

The OESA supports the following programs to assist CHP Employees:

    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

    • Peer Support Program (PSP)

    • Critical Incident Stress Debriefings (CISD) Program

    • Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)

    • Employee Substance Abuse Program (ESAP)

    • Cancer Survivor Support Group (CSSG)

    • Military Deployment Program (MDP)

    • Wellness Program

Personnel and Training Division

The Personnel and Training Division is comprised of four sections:

  •  The Academy is commanded by Captain Anthony Coronado. Our primary mission is to provide training to CHP Cadets, CHP uniformed and non-uniformed personnel, as well as allied law enforcement agency personnel. As a secondary mission, the Academy is responsible for preparing complex staff projects, testing and evaluating equipment, and providing television and graphic arts services.
  • The Human Resources Section (HRS) is responsible for providing personnel-related services to commands and departmental employees, administering policy and programs related to issues such as; attendance, payroll, appointments, separations, employee benefits, position control, workers' compensation, and employee identification cards. 
  • The Organizational Development Section (ODS) provides progressive, high-level training to all members of the Department. This is accomplished by developing dynamic training programs that promote experiential learning, critical thinking, and communication. Training is offered to prepare employees for the positions they currently have, with a process of progression that will provide them with the skills necessary to be successful in the next step of their career ladder.
  • The Professional Training Section (PTS) mission is to provide the highest level of quality training to all departmental employees. Each of the units assigned provides essential services necessary in keeping the Department in compliance with both departmental and Peace Officer Standards Training (POST) standards by ensuring the hiring and training of competent and professional individuals, who can safely and effectively accomplish the Department's mission.
  • The Selection Standards and Examinations Section (SSES) is responsible for administering departmental examinations and performing job analyses; managing the Department's classification plan; providing nonuniformed and uniformed hiring-related services to commands, including processing Area assignments for graduating cadets, promotions for sergeants and above, and uniformed transfers; investigating merit issue complaints; overseeing the Department’s Conflict of Interest Code;  administering policy for the performance appraisal process; and completing classification-related special projects. 

​Office of Risk Management

Risk management is an activity that involves evaluating, comparing, developing, selecting, and implementing control measures that change, reduce, or eliminate the probability or the consequences of a harmful action. 
Risk Management involves the following premises:

  • Every job in our organization involves risk

  • There are no new ways to make mistakes

  • We have a vast body of knowledge concerning our past mistakes

  • Instead of focusing solely on after-incident damage control, we need to focus our efforts on the prevention of mistakes through proper management of risk

  • Accountability at all levels within the organization


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