California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow was in Temecula this week to recognize the men and women of CHP who serve southwest Riverside County.
Temecula CHP earned this year's California Law Enforcement Challenge special award for its superior efforts in promoting motorcycle safety.
Local efforts include enhanced awareness, education and enforcement campaigns, said Temecula CHP Officer Nathan Baer, in a news release.
Commissioner Farrow and CHP Border Division Assistant Chief Esmeralda Falat presented the award Nov. 6 to Temecula Area CHP Capt. Ernie Sanchez, his staff and his officers.
"(We are) dedicated to providing safety, service, and security to the people who live and travel through the 900 square miles of southwest Riverside County which they patrol," Baer said.
After the event, Temecula Area’s 685 Squad Club presented a check for $6,000 to the CHP 11-99 Foundation, a nonprofit that since 1981 has given $21 million in assistance to current, retired and Fallen in the Line of Duty CHP employees and their families. The money was raised through the club’s 20th Annual Golf Classic.