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The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of safety, service, and security to the people of California. This is accomplished through five departmental goals:Prevent Loss of Life, Injuries, and Property Damage - To minimize the loss of life, personal injury, and property damage resulting from traffic collisions through enforcement, education, and engineering. To enforce the provisions of the California Vehicle Code and other laws to prevent crime.Maximize Service to the Public and Assistance to Allied Agencies - To maximize service to the public in need of aid or information, and to assist other public agencies when appropriate. Manage Traffic and Emergency Incidents - To promote the safe and efficient movement of people and goods throughout California, and to minimize exposure of the public to unsafe conditions resulting from emergency incidents and highway impediments. Protect Public and State Assets - To protect the public, their property, state employees, and the state's infrastructure. To collaborate with local, state, and federal public safety agencies to protect California. Improve Departmental Efficiency - To continuously look for ways to increase the efficiency and/or effectiveness of departmental operations.
The CHP is a department in state government within the Business,Transportation and Housing Agency. Its primary responsibility is providing trafficsafety and service to the motoring public as they use the stateâ s highwaytransportation system. As a statewide criminal justice agency, the CHP alsoprovides law enforcement assistance to local governments and allied agencieswhen situations exceed the limits of local resources. The CHP serves as theleader for statewide vehicle theft prevention and recovery efforts, and is theprimary authority for enforcing laws and regulations relating to commercialvehicle safety and the commercial vehicle industry. In addition, the CHP isresponsible for providing security and protective services to elected stateofficials, state government employees, and state facilities.
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