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Southern Division Special Services Southern Division Special Services is comprised of multiple specialized units, which assist the surrounding Area offices within the Division in meeting the Department’s mission of providing the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.
Major Crimes investigators investigate or assist Area offices with the investigation of a wide variety of complex crimes occurring on state properties and freeways which fall within CHP jurisdiction. Auto Theft investigators investigate auto theft rings and chop shops, while recovering stolen vehicles/equipment. Officers assigned to one of the many task forces work with a variety of allied agencies in the apprehension of fugitives, criminals involved in human trafficking, drug transportation, gangs, organized retail theft, cargo theft, and a variety of other crimes. The Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) conducts in-depth investigations of major traffic collisions. Canine officers utilize specially trained canines to perform a variety of functions, including the apprehension of criminals attempting to avoid arrest and the detection of human scent, contraband and explosives. Background investigators conduct objective, thorough, comprehensive, fact-finding administrative investigations on uniformed and non-uniformed applicants to the Department.
The Motor Carrier Safety Unit is comprised of Motor Carrier Specialists who inspect commercial vehicles, busses, and terminals. Their mission is to ensure the safe and efficient operation of commercial/regulated vehicles and busses as they operate within Los Angeles County.
The Commercial Unit is made up of Mobile Road Enforcement (MRE) officers and Commercial Vehicle Inspection Specialists (CVIS). Our MRE officers work diligently to provide on-highway commercial vehicle enforcement. Our CVIS’ work with MRE officers at our Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility located on I-405, in the city of Carson, to inspect commercial vehicles and identify size, weight, loading, hours-of-service and other commercial related violations. The Air Operations Unit consists of uniformed pilots and flight officers flying fixed wing aircraft and helicopters which are used to complete rescue operations, provide air support for complex law enforcement events, and assist with patrolling the Division’s freeways.
Captain Jeff Loftin is a 25-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). He was born the first of two children in Fort Gordon, Georgia, to his parents who were both officers in the United States Army. He is married with three children. He currently serves as the Captain of Southern Division Special Services. Southern Division Special Services is comprised of a variety of units which include Major Crimes, Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT), Auto Theft, Commercial, Motor Carrier Safety Unit, K-9, Air Operations, and Applicant Investigations. Additionally, Special Services personnel are also assigned to several taskforces including the Cargo Theft Interdiction Program (CTIP), Organized Retail Theft Crime taskforce (ORTC), Foreign Export And Recovery (FEAR), Taskforce for Regional Auto-theft Prevention (TRAP), California Department of Insurance (CDI), Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Taskforce (LA IMPACT), US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force (ECTF), Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force (LARHTTF), FBI Safe Task Force, US Marshal Fugitive Task Force, and the West Covina PD Drug Task Force.
As an officer assigned to the California State Police, Los Angeles field office, he transitioned to the California Highway Patrol, Central Los Angeles Area, when the two Department’s merged in July 1995. After developing an expertise in fraudulent document identification and identity theft he was selected to work investigations at Southern Division Special Services. While there he developed and taught a fraudulent document course for the CHP Academy’s Officer’s Forum and a vehicle homicide course for the Division. He was also a member of the Division’s Critical Incident Investigation Team (CIIT). He promoted to the rank of sergeant and worked in various field commands within Southern Division until he was selected as a Southern Division Special Services Commercial Unit supervisor. In 2014 he promoted to the rank of lieutenant and was assigned to the Santa Fe Springs Area and later to Inland Division’s San Bernardino Area. On January 1, 2018, he promoted to the rank of Captain and was selected as the Commander of the Department’s Fleet Operations Section in West Sacramento, where he managed the Department’s fleet of approximately 5,000 vehicles. In July of 2020 he returned to Southern Division’s Special Services where he is currently assigned as the Commander.
Captain Loftin attended college in Sacramento. He is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Deputy Leadership Institute; the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation, with a foundation specialty in Homicide; and the CHP Allied Agency Commercial Enforcement Course. Captain Loftin has received numerous commendations and awards throughout his career including several Division Chief Commendations, several Commander’s Commendations, an LAPD Commendation, and a DMV Director Commendation. He is a strong believer in community service and has volunteered as a head coach for youth football and as a head coach/umpire-in-chief for youth baseball. He is a past member of the International Footprint Association and most recently from January 2018 through July 2020, was a board member on police advisory boards for Ford and Dodge.
Captain Loftin is committed to ensuring that the men and women of Southern Division Special Services work diligently to provide the highest level of service, while demonstrating professionalism, moral strength, integrity, and respect for others.