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Head Of CHP Will Become New UC Davis Police Chief


The head of the California Highway Patrol will become the new UC Davis Police Chief. The university announced the appointment of CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow Tuesday.

Farrow has served as CHP Commissioner since 2008. He oversees more than 11,000 employees. Farrow has been in law enforcement for 37 years.

“I am proud of each and every one of the Department’s 11,000 men and women, who go to work each day to keep Californians safe," says Farrow. "While I am eager to start this new chapter in my life, a piece of my heart will always be with the CHP, my friends, its valued employees, its important mission, and the families left behind by those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.”

At UC Davis he'll be in charge of a police department with over 80 full-time employees and 50 student workers at the Davis campus and UC Medical Center in Sacramento. Farrow succeeds Matt Carmichael, who served as UC Davis Police Chief for five years. He retired last September to become the police chief at the University of Oregon.

Lt. Jennifer Garcia has been serving as interim chief.

Farrow will begin his position at UC Davis in late August or early September pending a background check.

 UC DavisCalifornia Highway Patrol

Drew Sandsor

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As Senior Producer of News, Drew works with reporters and anchors on the daily production and presentation of news stories on Capital Public Radio. He also works closely with the station's digital team on news coverage across various online platforms  Read Full Bio 

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