As a result of a jurisdictional change that started June 1, the Placerville CHP has taken over patrolling El Dorado Hills.
About three years ago, when the Rancho Cordova office of the CHP was being built, the Placerville office gave El Dorado Hills to the fledgling branch as part of “normal procedure,” said Placerville CHP Officer Phillip McCain.
“It’s an area we had before,” he said. “It’s not as if it is new to us.”
The change comes as a “result of the higher-ups realizing…(the Placerville office) has quicker response times” to the area, McCain said. “It keeps it all in one county. It helps the Rancho office, and it keeps everybody in their own office by county.” The Rancho Cordova office is part of Sacramento County.
As a result of the jurisdictional change, “We’ve added two additional officer positions, two motorcycles and an additional sergeant,” McCain said. The staff is now “about 38 officers, five sergeants and a lieutenant commander.”
The new area will result in approximately a third more collision reports the Placerville office will now be dealing with. “We have about 100 collisions a month, which is not terrible … given the magnitude of land area. It’s a large geographical area, but a smaller population,” McCain said. “The new area adds 30 to 40 (potential incidents) for El Dorado Hills, so about a third of activity.”