West Los Angeles is geographically the smallest of the ten Southern Division Offices but has some the busiest and congested freeways in Los Angeles, including: Interstate 405 (San Diego Freeway), I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway), I-105 (Century Freeway) and the SR-90 (Marina Freeway). The West Los Angeles Area office is home to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is the only international airport in the Greater Los Angeles Area, the second-most populated metropolitan area in the United States. West Los Angeles is also home to the second oldest public university in California, home of the UCLA Bruins, the iconic Santa Monica Pier and the Getty Center. With miles and miles of beach front property West Los Angeles CHP serves several beach cities and freeway adjacent cities including Santa Monica, Venice, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Hawthorne and Inglewood. As well as several unincorporated communities, including: Athens, Lennox, Del Aire, Ladera Heights and Marina Del Rey.
West Los Angeles Area Commander, Captain Richard A. Mendez, is a 25-year veteran of the CHP. Captain Mendez was born and raised in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States in 1987. He has been married to his wife, Sheryl, since 1993 and he has three daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren. Captain Mendez’ previous CHP field assignments were in San Diego, Temecula, Santa Fe Springs, San Gorgonio Pass, Rancho Cucamonga, and Yreka. In addition, Captain Mendez’ headquarters assignments were in the Counterterrorism and Threat Assessment Section and the Office of Inspector General. Captain Mendez is responsible for 102 uniform and 10 civilian employees of West Los Angeles. Every West Los Angeles employee provides the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to the public, private sector, and visitors to the area. Captain Mendez related, “I am humbled and very grateful for the opportunity to lead a group of dedicated employees. I am also looking forward to establishing excellent working relationships with our allied agency partners, legislative key contacts, local leaders, and community stakeholders in West Los Angeles to address traffic safety concerns and promote the educational programs the CHP has to offer.” Captain Mendez is also an avid cyclist and is looking forward to taking advantage of the excellent weather and bicycle trails in the area.