42. The California Highway Patrol
There are many law enforcement agencies in the
States, and especially in California. Some of the
agencies in Southern California are the Los Angeles
Department, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
of these police forces are some of the
in the country. They handle a full-range of
duties ranging from traffic citations to murder, rape,
robbery cases. There are also a number of
police agencies operating side-by-side with the LAPD and
.A. County Sheriff's Department. Cities, such as Monterey Park,
their own police force, while smaller cities depend
the Sheriff's Department for their law enforcement needs.
of the unique nature of the state, California
the California Highway Patrol.
The CHP, as it
usually called, is a police agency that is
with patrolling the vast number of freeway miles
exist in California. The state was built during
time of great mobility after the advent of
personal vehicle. Because of this, the state has
freeway miles than any other state in the
States with the exception of Texas. However, California
the most licensed drivers, and by far, the
registered vehicles. This made it necessary to create
police force dedicated to its highways.
endowed with the same powers other police officers
. However, they do not have a crime investigation
for any offense other than traffic-related crimes. Whenever
CHP first responds to a crime that is
traffic-related, its officers perform the same duties a
officer does. It then turns investigations over to
LAPD, or Sheriff's office depending on the location
the crime. The CHP has a long, and
history. Many young Californians, both male and female,
attracted to the CHP, and enroll into its
in Sacramento, the state's capital.