|Appears in||Seasons 1 through 6 (1977 - 1983)|
|Call Numbers||S4 (S3 in 6th season)|
Joseph Getraer (b. 1945)<ref name="Ep219">Episode 219: "Bio-Rhythms"</ref> was a sergeant of the California Highway Patrol's Central Los Angeles Area Office (Southern Division) in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Although he was usually found in the station, he would occasionally go on patrol as a motor officer. In early 1978, he was selected as "Sergeant of the Month" for the CHP magazine.<ref name="Ep117">Episode 117: "Hitch-Hiking Hitch"</ref>
Joe is of Dutch ancestry. He is happily married to Betty and has a son, Timmy, and a daughter, Ellen. A second son, Christopher, was born later in the series.<ref name="Ep407">Episode 407: "Satan's Angels"</ref>
He served in the United States Navy, attaining the rank of Petty Officer Third Class. (He sheepishly admits that his time of service ran out before he could get promoted to Captain.)<ref name="Ep112">Episode 112: "Aweigh We Go"</ref>
Joe is a self-proclaimed "closet expert on gem stones". He beat Bonnie in the CHP chess tournament.<ref name="Ep521">Episode 521: "The Game of War"</ref> and holds the track record of 47 seconds at the Malibu Grand Prix (mini-grand prix cars).<ref name="Ep404">Episode 404: "The Poachers"</ref>
He suffered an eye injury while on duty. While he was in the hospital recovering from the eye injury, he was nearly killed twice by a hitman.