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2017 Tips for ChiPS a huge success

Thank you to Fort Tejon, Bakersfield and Grapevine CHP for another tremendous event. The 2017 Tips for Chips Fundraiser at the Outback Steakhouse raised $33,000 for the Widows and Orphans’ Fund!T Thank you to everyone involved for all your hard work.

CHP in the News Scott Berson-The Sacramento Bee

He was caught sneaking into a gym to play ball — so a cop bought him a membership

It could have ended differently for 15-year-old Vincent Gonzales. When police in Skokie, Ill. were called to the XSport Fitness in September, the teen could have been arrested for trespassing — but instead, the officer helped set him up with a two-year membership.

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CHP’s involvment in the recent fires

The following is a collection of stories about CHP’s involvement in the recent fires that have devastated Northern California.

CHP officer works overtime to take care of Napa neighborhood

Marissa Lang – SF Gate

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CHP officers to serve at annual Tips for CHiPs Luncheon Oct. 18

California Highway Patrol officers will trade in their uniforms for aprons and serve up some grub at the eighth annual Tips for CHiPs Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the Outback Steakhouse, 5051 Stockdale Hwy.

CHP in the News Steve Large-CBS Sacramento

Family That Fled Atlas Fire Meets CHP Helicopter Officers Who Saved Them «

A Napa man whose family was rescued by a California Highway Patrol helicopter met the officers who risked their own lives to save his.

CHP in the News Robert Salonga-The Mercury News

Funeral set for CHP officer killed in San Martin crash

A public funeral service is scheduled for Friday in Morgan Hill in honor of California Highway Patrol Officer James Branik, who died last week in a motorcycle collision in San Martin while heading to work.

CHP in the News Michael Moore-Morgan Hill Times

CHP officer who died in San Martin accident remembered as ‘leader’

James Branik, a Morgan Hill resident and a California Highway Patrol officer remembered as a “leader” by his commander, died Tuesday morning in a traffic accident in San Martin, according to authorities.

CHP in the News Matt Van

CHP helicopter helps Caltrans assess movement in Highway 1 landslide area

Creating a new section of highway on top of the largest-ever slide on the Big Sur coast is no easy task. Sometimes you need a little help from above.

CHP in the News Mark Gomez and Robert Salonga-The Mercury News

Off-duty CHP officer killed in San Martin crash

An off-duty California Highway Patrol officer remembered as a mentor to dozens of younger officers died early Tuesday when his motorcycle collided with a truck on his way to work.

CHP in the News Gus Thomson, Auburn Journal

Highway Heroes: Dozens of retired Highway Patrol officers get their due

Millions of miles logged, rain or shine, sleet or snow.

Hundreds of uncertain traffic stops on deserted roads.

CHP in the News Brett Kelman-The Desert Sun

Hero cop Dane Norem was stabbed seven times while stopping a suicide

Highway Patrol Officer Dane Norem rushed out of his car, sprinted to the curb, jumped and grabbed the suicidal man by the ankle just as he straddled the top of the overpass fence. A busy highway roared beneath them.

CHP in the News Travis Schlepp-KEYT

Emu wrangled after escaping OstrichLand USA in Buellton

A female emu was wrangled by CHP troopers and animal rescue volunteers after escaping the popular OstrichLand USA in Buellton Tuesday afternoon. 

CHP in the News Fresno Bee

Acting Commissioner Warren Stanley has valley roots

Governor Brown named Warren Stanley Acting Commissioner.

CHP in the News KCRA

Honor Flag arrives in remembrance of Sacramento Deputy French

The “Honor Flag” arrives at memorial for Sacramento Sheriff Deputy French

CHP in the News Fresno Bee

Fresno PIO remembers DUI crash that changed her life and her career path

Twenty-three years ago my life changed in an instant. As I drove northbound on Highway 1 in Morro Bay on Dec. 16, 1994, I was hit head-on by a drunken driver. Fortunately for me, I am alive today to speak about the driving-under-the-influence collision and to express my feelings as a survivor and as a CHP officer.

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CHP in the News Veronica Rocha-LA Times

CHP officers shot in gun battle that killed Sacramento sheriff’s deputy are recovering

Two undercover California Highway Patrol officers who were shot Wednesday during a deadly gun battle with an armed suspect are recovering from their wounds, officials said.

CHP in the News Amy Graff-SFGate

Video shows trooper’s terrifying drive through the Helena Fire

Video footage posted on Twitter shows a state trooper’s terrifying drive through the Helena Fire in Northern California as flames lick the trunks and branches of trees and thick smoke fills the air.

CHP in the News Joshua

Suspect identified in fatal officer-involved shooting in Sacramento County

Sacramento County Sheriff’s investigators have identified two of the three suspects involved in a deadly shootout that killed one deputy and injured two CHP officers.

CHP in the News Amy Graff-SFGate

Video: Helicopter rescues hiker who survived lightning strike near Donner Summit

A hiker who survived a lightning strike in a remote wilderness area of the Sierra Nevada near Donner Summit was rescued Wednesday afternoon.

CHP in the News Traci Gallian-The Fresno Bee

CHP officer inspired by El Protector program

Since 1987, the CHP has offered a traffic safety outreach program to the Hispanic community, known as El Protector. It emphasizes education through dialogue with the community, instead of focusing on enforcement measures. The focus is the use of a CHP officer of Hispanic ancestry who is bilingual and bicultural. This officer is designated as “El Protector.” To spread the message, the officer attends neighborhood/town hall meetings, educational functions and community forums.

CHP in the News Hannah Knowles-The Sacramento Bee

CHP officers walk son of partner who died in crash to school

The son of a Sacramento California Highway Patrol Officer who died on duty earlier this year got some escorts on the way to school Wednesday: his father’s fellow officers.

CHP in the News Brianna Calix-Merced Sun-Star

Merced CHP K-9 busts driver with 66 pounds of cocaine

A Stockton woman is in jail in Los Banos after a CHP K-9 sniffed out more than 60 pounds of drugs she hid in her car, authorities said.

CHP in the News Alina Hartounian-Sacramento Bee

Police officer helps Colorado girl search new home for monsters

For a year now, 4-year-old Sidney Fahrenbruch has wanted to be a police officer.

CHP in the News Traci Gallian-Fresno Bee

On Duty with the CHP
The Fresno Bee

My career with the California Highway Patrol has given me many wonderful opportunities. But I could never have imagined becoming a community outreach officer.

CHP in the News Victoria Metcalf-Plumas News

Riding along with the CHP

It’s afternoon on the Fourth of July. Is California Highway Patrol officer Reese McAllister out celebrating? No. Holidays, especially during the summer when Plumas County’s population swells, are the busiest for law enforcement.

CHP in the News Bakersfield, CA

CHP officer formally adopts dog he rescued on freeway

On Tuesday morning, Officer Max Taylor with the California Highway Patrol was reunited with the dog he helped rescue from a busy freeway.

CHP in the News San Juan Capistrano, CA Patch

Sgt. Peacock Saves Owl In San Juan Capistrano: CHP Video

An owl that was trapped in a net was rescued by some of Orange County’s finest on Tuesday, California Highway Patrol Officer Rafael Reynoso said.

CHP in the News BakersfieldNow

CHP shares photos of happy dog after freeway rescue

The Bakersfield office of the California Highway Patrol saved a young German shepherd Monday from Highway 99.

CHP in the News Katie Talbot-FOX40

Distracted Driver Who Killed Man Pleads Other Drivers to Focus on the Road

Many of us spend our lives in a hurry. Rushing to work or to school, and using our cell phones to get us there.

Maria Coyner of Stockton was no exception.

CHP in the News Marcos Breton-The Sacramento Bee

This CHP officer was once homeless and living in parks in Sacramento

Edwin Lopez, a rookie California Highway Patrol officer, this week returned to an Elk Grove park where, all too recently, he used to live and sleep when he was homeless.

CHP in the News CBS San Francisco

CHP Officers Name Kitten Trapped In Middle Of Golden Gate “Bridges”

There was an unusual rescue on iconic Golden Gate Bridge – a small, golden kitten.

CHP in the News Natalie Brunell-KRCA 3

Rescue crews pluck man from turbulent Yuba River rapids

Dramatic video from the California Highway Patrol shows a 25-year-old swimmer being rescued by helicopter after he was stranded on a rock in the middle of turbulent South Yuba River rapids.

CHP in the News Julie Zeeb, Red Bluff Daily News

CHP Officer inspires High School graduate who won Congressional Art Contest

Mario Sanchez, a 2017 Corning High School graduate, will be heading to Washington D.C. in June to see his artwork hung in the United States Capitol as part of a Congressional Art Contest. He won first place for District One, which is represented by Rep. Doug LaMalfa.

CHP in the News KCRA 3

​CHP sergeant rescues fawn from drainage ditch

A California Highway Patrol sergeant made a special rescue Monday morning in Truckee.

CHP in the News Sierra Wave: Eastern Sierra News

CHP, Inyo SAR sharpen helicopter rescue skills

Inyo County Search and Rescue and Inyo County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend their gratitude to the CHP H-80 flight crew for conducting an excellent two-day helicopter training on June 3 and 4.

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Wife of fallen CHP officer wants him to be remembered as incredible father, husband

A few months have passed since California Highway Patrol Officer Lucas Chellew was killed in a motorcycle crash while in pursuit of a vehicle on February 22.

CHP in the News James Gonzalez-Your Central Valley

CHP officer back on the job after a life threatening injury

Tanner Bean was in critical condition last June following a collision while on duty.

The Hanford man is now back on the force with the California Highway Patrol.  An errant driver swerved into his path last year, catapulting him off his motorcycle and into the concrete center divider of Highway 180.

The Hanford CHP posted pictures and video of him back on the job on Monday.

CHP in the News Kathy Vara-NBC Southern California

CHP Officer Praised After Putting Himself at Risk to Protect Other Drivers

A California Highway Patrol officer is being praised after he put himself at risk during a pursuit to protect other drivers, driving head on into the suspect’s car and continuing the chase on foot to ensure the driver was taken into custody.

CHP in the News Darrell Smith-The Sacramento Bee

Man sentenced in Sacramento to 15 years for attempted murder of CHP motor officer

Austin Barry Scott will spend the next 15 years in state prison for the attempted murder of a veteran north area California Highway Patrol officer he mowed down and critically injured during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Antelope last April.

CHP in the News Fox40

CHP Officer Says He Was Just Doing Job When He Pulled Woman from Car Submerged in Canal After Suspected DUI Crash

A CHP officer is being hailed a hero after he pulled a woman from a car that was submerged in a canal following a suspected DUI crash.

CHP in the News KESQ

Community remembers fallen CHP officer, Saul Martinez, 20 years later

Family, friends and students gathered at Saul Martinez Elementary School in Mecca Friday morning to remember the life of fallen California Highway Patrol Officer, Saul Martinez, who died in the lined of duty 20 years ago.

CHP in the News Alix Martichoux-SFGate

CHP officers find kitten clinging to underside of patrol car

California Highway Patrol officers may have saved a tiny life Sunday when they found a kitten clinging to the bottom of a patrol car.

CHP in the News CBS Sacramento

Batman, CHP Team Up for Special School Delivery

The California Highway Patrol, community members, and a special superhero teamed up for a big mission in Rio Linda.

CHP in the News Hector Amezcua-The Sacramento Bee

Ceremony honors California law enforcement officers killed in line of duty

Doug Villars, president of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen reads the poem ‘The monument’ written by the late Sgt. George Hahn of the LAPD during the 41st Annual California Peace Officers Memorial Ceremonies in Sacramento on Monday.

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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.

CHP in the News Tony Karis-Santa Cruz Sentinal

Ocean Speedway: CHP’s Mueller takes opening Police-N-Pursuit race

Wet conditions notwithstanding, opening night of racing at Ocean Speedway began with eager fans and five divisions of competitors.