Whether you are looking for a local office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), are interested in learning about careers with the CHP or traffic safety programs, wish to file a commendation or report a crime on state property, it will all be much easier on the new CHP Web site that is launching this week.
“Connecting with our communities is so important to the CHP,” Commissioner Joe Farrow said. “We studied usage statistics from our current site, listened to users, and thought carefully about why people come to our website and what kind of information they need.”
The revamped website (www.chp.ca.gov) is also designed for mobile users and social media. About half of the visits to the current CHP website are from mobile devices. Links on the front page go to CHP’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, Nixle, and Instagram accounts.
“We want to make sure we reach as broad an audience as possible. That is why we have increased our social media presence,” Commissioner Farrow said.
Two clicks will direct site users to their nearest CHP office. Users will find information on local events, commercial inspection facilities, court information, a map of the office, and other area-specific information for each office.
With the updated website, CHP programs that not only protect the public, but also show the public how to protect themselves, are much more accessible. These programs include “Age Well Drive Smart,” child safety seat programs, impaired driver enforcement, outreach to Hispanic and Asian-Pacific Islander populations, and more. Information on how to apply to be a CHP officer, public safety dispatcher, or commercial vehicle inspector are also easy to find.
The website will also help the CHP use less paper. Forms that once had to be printed, such as crime reports – including workers compensation fraud and out-of-state vehicle registrations – can now be submitted electronically.
The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to the people of California.