Written By: Placer County Sheriff's Department
Many states in our country have state police. California does not. Since becoming a state in 1850, it has been the county sheriffs who are responsible for general law enforcement duties in unincorporated areas of the state. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) came many years later. In 1929, the state legislature created the CHP as a branch of the Department of Motor Vehicles and gave that agency the responsibilities of enforcing the State Vehicle Act. Today, in addition of traffic enforcement duties, the CHP is also responsible for protecting state buildings and protecting state officials. . Our local police departments handle both traffic and general law enforcement duties inside the boundaries of their city. But all three work together to provide excellent service to our residents and visitors. Your county sheriff’s office is the only agency of the three with an elected law enforcement officer leading the organization. This makes him or her directly responsible to you, the people. He or she is also the chief law enforcement officer in the county. Both the CHP commissioner and local chiefs of police are appointed by the governor or their local city council respectively. 🗳 . In Placer County, the sheriff also provides both law enforcement 𝘢𝘯𝘥 traffic enforcement services to the Town of Loomis and the City of Colfax by contracting with those cities’ governments. This gives those cities the benefits of all the services the sheriff can provide, at a fixed cost, and the cities get increased levels of service at a lower cost than they could provide themselves. The agreement leverages the economy of scale and both the cities and the county benefit from the arrangement. Your sheriff’s office, local police departments, and the highway patrol work together closely to provide the best possible public safety services to our residents and visitors. . In Part 4, we’ll begin discussing the history of your Placer County Sheriff’s Office.
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