About Us

Welcome to the California Highway Patrol

​California is comprised of culturally diverse people of all ages. Yet, we all have this in common: We all use roads and highways throughout the state to go places, conduct business, engage in commerce, or simply enjoy California's beauty. Help us do it safely! The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is actively working to reduce collision and fatality rates in California. Below are the programs designed to help promote safety and communication between California's diverse residents and the CHP. ​

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The Purpose of the California Highway Patrol


The California Highway Patrol was created in 1929 to provide uniform traffic law enforcement throughout the state.  Assuring the safe, convenient and efficient transportation of people and goods on our highway system is still our primary purpose.

The Mission of the California Highway Patrol

The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.​ 

Protect life and property –

We make California a great place to live, work, and travel by reducing fatalities, injuries, and crime.

​Provide superior service to the public and assistance to allied agencies –

We are committed to providing first class customer service.

Enhance public trust through community outreach and partnerships –

We model the Department’s Professional and Organizational values in every interaction.

​Invest in our people –

We develop and support our workforce to sustain a world-class organization.

Identify and respond to evolving law enforcement needs –

We demonstrate leadership by addressing emerging trends. 


The Meaning of the Badge

Seven Points of the CHP Badge


Meaning of the badge 


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