On behalf of the dedicated men and women of the Central Los Angeles Area of the California Highway Patrol, I’d like to welcome you to our webpage. The Central Los Angeles Area, under the command of Captain Francisco J. Sandoval, is comprised of a diverse workforce with approximately 142 uniformed and civilian members. Each of our employees is dedicated in providing the highest level of safety, service, and security to our residents, businesses, and visitors, ensuring Central Los Angeles is the safest place to live, work, and travel. Arguably one of the busiest CHP commands in the state, the members of the Area take great pride in the communities they serve and represent.
In 1969, the CHP Central Los Angeles Area was inaugurated with the purpose of providing the highest level of safety, service, and security to the people of California. Since then, Los Angeles has grown exponentially. Presently, Los Angeles has a population of approximately four million with over eight million registered vehicles. An assortment of skyscrapers associated with large multinational corporations have been erected creating a unique skyline symbolic of downtown Los Angeles known worldwide. The downtown area features landmarks such as “El Pueblo de Los Angeles,” the city’s 1781 birthplace, Little Tokyo, Chinatown, Arts District, Fashion District, Financial District, Jewelry District, concert venues, and sports facilities. A variety of museums, cutting-edge restaurants, public art, and retail stores are all within walking distance generating an exceptional opportunity for sightseeing, gastronomy, shopping and entertainment attracting worldwide tourism as well as residents from throughout the region all year long. Sports fans can catch the court-pounding action of the Lakers and/or Clippers, or the puck-smashing Kings at STAPLES Center. Football fans can see exciting USC Trojan Football at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum or enjoy a Los Angeles Football Club MLS soccer game at the new state of the art Banc of California Stadium. The Microsoft Theater, Hollywood Bowl, Disney Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Greek Theater host world famous musical concerts and performing arts events. Meanwhile, Dodger Stadium is just a short drive north for nine innings of MLB baseball and Dodger dogs.
CHP Central Los Angeles Area employees carry a substantial amount of responsibility working diligently 24/7 to ensure a safe environment for the movement of people and goods traveling in and out of the downtown Los Angeles Area. Our uniformed staff patrols 52 miles of freeways including the East Los Angeles Interchange (Eugene A. Obregon Memorial Interchange) considered the busiest freeway interchange in the world. The southern portion alone handles over 550,000 vehicles per day. Four numbered routes converge at the interchange: Interstate 5 (I-5), I-10, U.S. Route 101 (US 101), and State Route 60 (SR 60). Central Los Angeles is the meeting place of four separate highways: I-5 (Golden State Freeway/Santa Ana Freeway), I-10 (San Bernardino Freeway/Santa Monica Freeway), SR 60 East (Pomona Freeway), and US 101 (Santa Ana Freeway). Further North, our officers also patrol the iconic concrete landmark “Four-Level Freeway Interchange” merging the US 101 and SR-110 (Pasadena Freeway). Central Los Angeles CHP personnel also patrol the SR-2, Glendale Freeway and I-110, Harbor Freeway.
We take pride in providing law enforcement services to numerous state properties and state agencies. We rely on our strong working relationships with allied law enforcement agencies in the area to enforce the law, preserve the peace, and protect the innocent from victimization. Working closely with such agencies benefits the local communities, developing effective communication techniques, and coordinate expedited response to calls for service to establish joint emergency incident handling procedures.
Central Los Angeles Area personnel are committed to conveying the message of driving safely every time a motorist gets behind the wheel by enforcing the law and providing safety educational program presentations to prevent injuries and the loss of life in traffic related accidents. Programs such as: Start Smart (a program for teen drivers and parents), Every 15 Minutes and Right Turn, (programs to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving to middle school and high school students), KEYS (a program for senior drivers), Designated Driver Program (to encourage one individual to abstain from consuming alcoholic beverages for an outing so that they can be responsible for transporting other members of the group safely), Child Passenger Safety Program, El Protector Program (educational presentations for the Spanish speaking community) and raising awareness about the dangers of driving distracted. The Area is proactive in seeking and removing impaired drivers before they can cause a devastating consequence. With each educational presentation and with every enforcement stop we make, we are reducing the chances of you or a loved one being involved in a collision. While the exact number of lives we save and the true extent of the pain we prevent can never be known, you can rest assured, we will continue our efforts 24/7.
We welcome your questions, comments or concerns. You can contact us by calling the Central Los Angeles Area office at (213) 744-2331.
Captain Francisco J. Sandoval is a veteran of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) with over 30 years of service. He is a Los Angeles native, born is Santa Monica, CA and is the youngest of seven children. Captain Sandoval grew up in the beach community of Venice, CA graduating from the local public high school bearing the same name, Venice High. Having the Pacific Ocean as his local playground, it is no surprise he enjoys everything relating to the ocean: fishing, bodysurfing, beach runs, relaxing on the beach, and the spectacular sunsets over the Pacific Ocean horizon. At a young age, he was intrigued by serving others as a police officer or a firefighter. While enrolled in college, a cousin of Captain Sandoval joined the CHP. His cousin described his academy training experience and the role of a CHP officer encouraging him to join. Through his convincing enthusiasm and passion about the Department, Captain Sandoval applied to join the CHP.
He currently serves as the Captain of the Central Los Angeles Area. At the center of one of the largest cities in the world. Central Los Angeles encompasses a variety of diverse communities such as Little Tokyo, Chinatown, Olvera Street, Arts District, Fashion District, Financial District, Jewelry District, concert venues, the University of Southern California campus, and professional sporting event stadiums.
Captain Sandoval entered the CHP Academy in 1989. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Santa Fe Springs Area. Captain Sandoval rose through the ranks of State Traffic Officer and Sergeant working various patrol duties and investigative and administrative assignments throughout Southern Division consisting of the following assignments: Santa Fe Springs, West Los Angeles, Field Training Officer, Division Public Information Officer/Recruiter, Dignitary Protection, East Los Angeles, and Southern Division Special Operations Commercial Unit. He promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2014 reporting to the Area where his career began, Santa Fe Springs. He also served as a team leader of a Critical Incident Investigation Team. As a result of his leadership qualities, experience, and knowledge of the laws and regulations of commercial vehicles, Captain Sandoval was tasked by his superiors to serve as Interim Commander of the Castaic Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility (CCVEF) in Santa Clarita, CA. After several months as interim commander, he ultimately was officially assigned as the Lieutenant Commander of the CCVEF where he spent 4 years before promoting to the rank of Captain. On January 1, 2020, he was officially assigned as the Central Los Angeles Area Commander.
In 1986, Captain Sandoval attended the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) majoring in biology. Financial hardship led to his transfer to the California State University Northridge (CSUN) to live at home, work full time, and pay for his own tuition. It was during his senior year when he suspended his university studies to report to the CHP Academy to become a CHP officer. During his CHP career, Captain Sandoval received numerous commendations and awards. He was nominated as Officer of the year, received Departmental recognition for leading internal inspections/audits, Site Vulnerability Assessments, crime suppression efforts, commercial vehicle enforcement, numerous letters of appreciation from federal and state elected officials from several states, and winner of the Golden Pylon Award for being one of the Southland’s top television and radio traffic reporters. Additionally, Captain Sandoval completed the Sherman Block Supervisory Institute and United States DOJ/FBI Highway Serial Killings Initiative Training.
Captain Sandoval considers himself extremely fortunate to be a member of the CHP. He is thankful of all past and present members whose dedication, courage, and integrity uphold the trust and confidence placed upon them by the citizens of California. He values the diverse and unique contributions made by employees, residents, and business owners towards a common goal of making Central Los Angeles a safe place to live, work, and visit.