The Women's Traffic Officer Project (WTOP) started in 1974. Since then, women have become an integral part of the CHP.
Homer Garrott was the first African-American CHP officer. He later went on to become a judge, appointed by Gov. Ronald Reagan.
Officers killed in the line of duty are honored in a memorial with their stories available in an interactive kiosk.
CHP serves important functions in the air, from enforcement to rescues, using both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.
This 1934 Harley-Davidson represents the long history of motorcycles in the CHP. This one includes an early CHP seal.
The museum features many photos of squads from around the state who all played a part in making the CHP the agency it is today.
A detailed timeline in the museum includes photos and cut-outs of cars, tools and people important in the CHP's varied history.
This highway patrolman is typical of the county traffic officers who enforced laws before the CHP existed.
The CHP Commercial Section supports commerce on California's highways through inspections and service.
Early CHP uniforms were similar to military style uniforms, and changes reflected the dynamic roles the CHP has played in history.
The Newhall Incident exhibit honors four CHP officers killed in 1970, leading to profound changes in training and enforcement.
The Dodge Polara was one of the all-time favorite patrol cars, shown here with an early fixed-wing planes.
This history of motor vehicles shows the evolution of the CHP's diverse enforcement roles.
Badges from agencies and individuals far and wide are on display. The badges capture historical elements seldom seen together.