The Redwood City office of the California Highway Patrol is part of the golden Gate Division. The division cover nine counties and serves more than six million people. In addition to the more common activity of monitoring traffic, the California Highway Patrol partners with local officials to protect the community. The state agency also regularly volunteers in the community. This division pioneered the community outreach program, sending a contingent of 14 officers to East Palo Alto in 1993 to assist local government in controlling a high crime problem. The three-year cooperative program resulted in a 98 percent drop in the homicide rate.