In the Line of Duty


Since the California Highway Patrol was formed in August 1929, more than 220 officers have been killed on the job.

Howard Garlinger, assigned to the Kern Area, was the first officer killed in the line of duty. He died Oct. 30, 1929, in a motorcycle accident.

Over the years, officers have died in aircraft or motor crashes or have been senselessly shot just because they wore a badge. Some were killed by reckless or distracted drivers as they were performing everyday stops on the side of the road.

We are humbled by the strength of character and pride that each of these officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice possessed, and find ourselves inspired by the lives they led. They will never be forgotten.

Click here for the list of CHP officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.