Bakersfield PD, CHP operation arrests over 300 suspects

Bakersfield police and the California Highway Patrol have clamped down on crime and auto theft in the last couple of months.

California’s crackdown on crime in Bakersfield is paying off just a couple months into the operation. 

The operation is a partnership with the California Highway Patrol and the Bakersfield Police Department. 


The backstory: Two months ago California Gov. Gavin Newsom launched an enforcement effort between the CHP and the Bakersfield Police Department to tackle crime in the south Central Valley. 

  • The operation was launched to specifically target auto theft, retail crime and high-visibility proactive traffic enforcement. 

The big picture: Newsom announced Thursday that the operation has resulted in 302 arrests and 182 stolen vehicles recovered. 

  • Law enforcement has also stored or impounded 415 vehicles. 

What they’re saying: “We are working together with local partners throughout California to make our communities safe and secure,” Newsom said. “Through this collaboration between the CHP and the Bakersfield Police Department, we continue to deliver measurable results and make Bakersfield’s streets safer.”

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