Welcome to the California Highway Patrol, Santa Fe Springs Area with over 135 law enforcement professionals and civilian support staff committed to the service and safety of our communities. The Santa Fe Springs Area serves the southeast portion of Los Angeles County encompassing the cities of Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, Lakewood, Norwalk, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, and Whittier. In addition, the Santa Fe Springs Area patrols and has jurisdictional traffic management responsibilities for the unincorporated communities of Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, East Whittier, South Whittier, and West Whittier, with a combined total of approximately 420 county roadway miles. The five major freeways, accounting for 135 roadway miles, traversing through the Santa Fe Springs Area include Interstate 5, Interstate 105, Interstate 605, State Route 60, and State Route 91. These freeways move an Annual Average Daily Traffic of approximately 1,202,000 motorists to and from the Inland Empire and Orange County to the Greater Los Angeles Area. The Santa Fe Springs Area remains committed to the communities we serve through active engagement in a variety of community events and services. Our participation in the communities we serve is highlighted through the various events we participate in such as Public Safety Expositions, the annual National Night Out program, and the Helping Neighbors programs. We also actively partner with local school districts regarding free educational programs we offer and we consistently engage with local service clubs such as the Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis, and Chambers of Commerce. The Area is also active in hosting Bicycle Rodeos and Car Seat Check-Up Events (including weekly appointments at our office), carrying out the CHiPs For Kids Annual Toy Drive and Operation Jingle All the Way Toy Give Away, attending cultural events such as Fiestas Patrias and the Lunar New Year Celebrations, housing our 550 Explorer Post and 550 Senior Volunteer Unit, and many more. The Santa Fe Springs Area is committed to educating the public on driver safety through free educational programs to minimize the loss of life and property. These programs include Start Smart (a program for teen drivers and parents), Every 15 Minutes (a program to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving to juniors and seniors at local high schools), Age Well, Drive Smart (a program for senior drivers), El Protector (a program on traffic safety, for our Spanish speaking communities), and BE SEEN (a program on pedestrian/bicycle safety). The Santa Fe Springs Area remains steadfast in proactively seeking and removing impaired drivers from the roadway as well as street racers and other reckless and dangerous drivers. The Santa Fe Springs Area routinely conducts Special Enforcement Unit details, whose focus is on distracted driving, speeding and other unsafe driving habits that pose a risk to the general motoring public. In addition to the Special Enforcement Units, the Santa Fe Springs Area annually conducts multiple DUI Checkpoints in our Area, roving Impaired Driver Enforcement details, Street Racing details, and other collaborations with neighboring CHP offices and local Sheriff and Police Departments. Through this active enforcement, educational engagement, and community partnerships, the Santa Fe Springs Area remains committed to providing the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to the communities we serve.
Our mission is to ensure the men and women of the California Highway Patrol Santa Fe Springs Area provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to the communities we serve. This vision will be achieved through the steadfast commitment to community engagement and outreach, education, transparency, and accountability. While our enforcement efforts are known and readily apparent, the Santa Fe Springs Area has a renewed commitment to improved Community Oriented Policing strategies. A central component to achieving this success is through improved lines of communication with our many community partners and being present at townhalls, city council meetings, and community events. Furthermore, the Santa Fe Springs Area remains committed to improving our educational awareness to our community partners as it relates to traffic safety topics ranging from new driver challenges, distracted driving, impaired driving, bicycle/pedestrian safety, and many other programs. Renewed partnerships with our local school districts focused on building bonds with our students as community helpers at the elementary level and growing through their high school experience is critical to our success. Above all, the men and women of the Santa Fe Springs Area will continue to be held to a higher standard to ensure our commitment to providing the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security, is above reproach. The Santa Fe Springs Area remains steadfast in protecting our local residents and the motoring public as well as working side by side with our many allied agency and civic partners to serve our communities. - Captain Melissa Hammond Captain Hammond joined the California Highway Patrol in November 2001 as a civilian analyst at the Office of Internal Affairs. Captain Hammond reported to the California Highway Patrol Academy in August of 2005 and subsequently graduated the Academy in February 2006. In May of 2021, she was promoted to the rank of Captain and in July of 2022 she transferred to the Santa Fe Springs Area as the new Area Commander. Captain Hammond is a lifelong resident of Southern California and received her Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.