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50 years later, slain CHP officers remembered for inspiring a safety revolution

It was April 6, 1970 when four California Highway Patrol officers from the Newhall station were gunned down by two career criminals. The rampage marked a new era for spree killings and sparked a revolution in safety reforms for officers.

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CAHP Marks 50th Anniversary of Newhall Incident

Today, we recognize the four young officers who lost their lives 50 years ago in what is now known as the Newhall Incident. The COVID-19 pandemic caused the scheduled memorial service to be cancelled, but the CAHP placed a wreath on the memorial at the Newhall office to honor the officers who made the ultimate sacrifice and whose deaths led to training that has undoubtedly saved many officers’ lives. Pictured left to right are District 4 Director Jake Johnson, Newhall Area Rep Donny Wilson and CAHP President Rick LaBeske.

CHP in the News Elissa Chudwin-The Press Democrat

CHP officer stops traffic to save turkey running on Highway 101 in Santa Rosa

A CHP officer briefly stopped traffic on Tuesday morning to direct a wild turkey wandering on Highway 101 in Santa Rosa, according to a CHP-Santa Rosa Facebook post.

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CHP officers rescue bear cub from I-80 in Placer County

Two California Highway Patrol officers were able to catch and swaddle a bear cub that was running around by itself on Interstate 80 in Placer County.

CHP in the News Don Sweeney-The Sacramento Bee

Woman falls 80 feet into Soberanes Canyon in Big Sur CA

A woman hiking with her husband Thursday plunged 80 feet into a Big Sur, California, canyon, becoming lodged beneath a fallen redwood tree, California Highway Patrol rescuers say.

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CHP officer leaves hospital 4 months after suspect DUI crash

California Highway Patrol officers were at a Sacramento hospital Friday to celebrate as a colleague went home after four months.

CHP in the News Leticia Ordaz-KCRA3

CHP cadets volunteer at Shriner’s Hospital for Children

Cadets with the California Highway Patrol in Sacramento spent the day Saturday donating their time to help Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

CHP in the News Lynzie Lowe-Colusa Sun Herald

CHP officer honored with commendation

To recognize his dedication to the well-being of others, a Williams area California Highway Patrol Officer was recognized with a commendation on Feb. 5.

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CHP officer teaches driver how to change a flat tire

Changing a tire is not something you learn at school. So when California Highway Patrol officer had a chance to teach someone how to change a tire he jumped at it.

CHP in the News Emily Rasmussen- Long Beach Press-Telegram

CHP gives ride to sea lion pup trying to cross 710 Freeway in Long Beach

A sea lion pup trying to cross traffic lanes on the northbound 710 Freeway in Long Beach was rescued by a good Samaritan and California Highway Patrol officers last week.

CHP in the News Cassie - Stockton, CA

Stockton CHP brings a second holiday to military families robbed on Christmas

Stockton California Highway Patrol Officer Ruben Jones said you never want to see hard-working people have their property stolen. But how about when three military families are robbed of everything they own on Christmas Day during the process of an active duty relocation?

CHP in the News Cindy Arora-Behind the Badge

La Habra PD raises money for California Highway Patrol Officer involved in gun battle

Every year in November, La Habra Police employees have spent the entirety of the month raising money for different good causes, by either growing mustaches and beards or the opportunity to wear a more casual uniform one workday a week.

CHP in the News David Downey-Press Enterprise

Riverside event honors two CHP officers who died in freeway shootout, roadside crash

Two California Highway Patrol officers who died in the line of duty in 2019 were among those honored at Riverside County’s Blue Light Ceremony on Monday night, Dec. 16.

CHP in the News Travis Schlepp-KEYT | KCOY

Most senior CHP officer on the road retires, works shift with son

Cory Villars of the CHP accompanied his dad, Doug, on his second-to-last shift patrolling the roads as a CHP officer.

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CHP officer helps deaf woman communicate with DMV workers in LA

A DMV office in Los Angeles was the scene of a heartwarming exchange between a California Highway Patrol officer and a deaf woman, which came about in the most unlikely way.

CHP in the News Gretchen Wenner, Ventura County Star

Ailing owl on Highway 101 gets an assist from CHP officer

An owl stranded on a freeway center divider in Santa Barbara was safely rescued after concerned motorists notified authorities Thursday morning, the California Highway Patrol reported.

CHP in the News Vikki Vargas-NBC Southern California

CHP Officer Injured in Wild 215 Freeway Shootout Heads Home

A California Highway Patrol officer was released from the hospital Thursday after being critically injured in a wild shootout on the 215 Freeway in August.

CHP in the News Maggie Fusek-Napa Valley, CA Patch

The Night CHP Helicopter Crews Spared 42 Lives From Fire

Many North Bay residents have vivid, even traumatic memories of the October 2017 firestorm that claimed 44 lives. The death toll could have been double that if not for Napa-based California Highway Patrol flight officer Whitney Lowe, a 37-year-old married father of five who lives in Vacaville, his co-worker, CHP pilot Pete Gavitte, and their colleagues based out of Redding.

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Congratulations to Commissioner Stanley

Congratulations to CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley, who was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown on February 9, 2018, after serving as Acting Commissioner since August 2017. Scott Silsbee was appointed Deputy commissioner. Also, Gov. Brown appointed Brian Annis as secretary of the California State Transportation Agency.

On Feb. 26, Gov. Brown delivered the oath of office to Stanley as the 15th Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

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CHP Memorial honors officers lost in the line of duty
May 2, 2017

Photos by Michael Wong and Joe McHugh

In May of each year, the CHP holds a memorial to pay tribute to those brave heroes who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty and afford special honor to those killed in the previous calendar year.  In the CHP’s 88-year history, 227 heroes have lost their lives while courageously serving the people of California.