From the gentle rolling foothills, ranches and towns to the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, the San Andreas Area CHP has so much to offer to the residents of California. We handle all of Calaveras County and a portion of Alpine County. With the population of just under 47,000, the Area continues to grow at a rapid pace. Many San Francisco Bay Area and Central Valley residents have discovered what the locals have known for a long time: Calaveras County has a pleasant climate, diverse and beautiful landscapes, and the charming historical presence of the Gold Rush since 1849.
The topography of the San Andreas Area varies greatly. The west end of Calaveras County is a foothill environment of cattle ranches, several reservoirs and small towns. As the highways traverse east, toward the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the elevation sharply rises from 300 feet to over 8,200 feet. As a result, the area attracts many outdoor enthusiasts to the ski slopes, the many lakes with great fishing, hunting areas and thousands of miles of hiking trails; all which allows one to enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains. A quick look at the San Andreas Area Facts:
There is roughly 2,000 square miles of land area. There is approximately 900 miles of state highway and county roads. State Routes 4, 12, 26 and 49 traverse the area. Roadways consist of two lanes with few passing lanes or turnouts.
Calaveras County Jumping Frog Jubilee, attracting 15,000 visitors to an annual event each May. Bear Valley Ski Resort, a popular destination for several thousand skiers and snowboarders during the winter months. Winter chain controls are frequent at elevations of 3,000 and above. Big Trees State Park, known for its groves of Giant Sequoia Redwoods, attracting thousands of visitors each year during the spring, summer and fall seasons.
Welcome to the California Highway Patrol, San Andreas Area website. As the Commander of the San Andreas Area, I am honored to work with such fine men and women who are dedicated to ensuring our citizens, and all who may pass through here, are safe. Each day I am amazed by the quality of work and dedication displayed by these professional men and women and I believe the citizens, visiting travelers, and local business owners are well served by them. The San Andreas Area covers all of Calaveras County and a portion of Alpine County. The Area is assigned three sergeants, twenty uniformed officers, including two officers specifically assigned to the Ebbetts Pass Resident Post which handles the eastern areas of State Route 4, and five non-uniformed, professional, administrative staff. In 2010, the California Highway Patrol was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), becoming the largest accredited state police agency in the world. I am proud to work for a law enforcement agency that is based upon solid values, ethics, and professionalism. The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of safety, service, and security to the people of California. This is accomplished through five departmental goals: · Prevent Loss of Life, Injuries, and Property Damage · Maximize Service to the Public and Assistance to Allied Agencies · Manage Traffic and Emergency Incidents · Protect Public and State Assets · Improve Departmental Efficiency Our officers are well trained and prepared to provide you with these indispensable services and professionalism. I look forward to working with you, the community, to build a strong partnership for a better and safer community. The San Andreas Area continues to strive for short term and long range solutions to address the growing traffic problems within our area of operations. Using the objectives found in the Area’s Strategic Plan, and guided by the Department’s Mission Statement, the Area aggressively seeks out DUI drivers, and aggressively enforces occupant restraint and distracted driving violations in an effort to lower the number of fatal and injury traffic collisions within the County. 2015 has been a difficult year for law enforcement as several agencies, including our own, lost valued members. I want to take a moment to acknowledge these heroes and the contributions each one made to their families, their communities and their respective Law Enforcement Departments. I want to acknowledge my uniformed staff for their dedication to duty, their professionalism, and their tireless work in every kind of extreme weather imaginable. Every day they go out to serve, willing to lay down your lives if necessary to protect the citizens and visitors to Calaveras County, Alpine County and the State of California. They have all made me very proud. I also want to specifically acknowledge and recognize our non-uniformed members and administrative professional staff who continue to support our daily operations. All of the hard work they do each and every day, from the large amounts of paperwork required to be processed; to keeping our vehicles in good running condition; to maintaining our office interiors and exteriors, they are what keep us going every day. They are all a vital and important part of our CHP family and they are truly appreciated. Every job they do, regardless of how big or small, plays an important part in supporting our Department's goals and mission. To our dispatchers who are with us 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you are truly our lifeline. When we are responding from call to call, asking you for more information or resources, it is of great comfort knowing you are there watching over us. Your professionalism and ability to prioritize our responses is a matter of utmost importance to the safety of all, and for that, I thank you. I appreciate everyone’s professionalism, knowledge, and support as the Commander of the San Andreas Area. Every day we put on the uniform and pin on our badges we will be reaffirmed in our commitment to uphold the high standards of the California Highway Patrol and to live by the tenets of CHP PRIDE.
John C. Warren, LieutenantCommander San Andreas Area