Joseph Getraer

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Joseph Getraer
Actor Robert Pine
Appears in Seasons 1 through 6 (1977 - 1983)
Call Numbers S4 (S3 in 6th season)
Badge Number unknown
Joseph Getraer in the pilot episode
Sgt. Joseph Getraer
Commissioner Joseph Getraer

Joseph Getraer (b. 1945)[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

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.)[4]

Joe is a self-proclaimed "closet expert on gem stones". He beat Bonnie in the CHP chess tournament.[5] and holds the track record of 47 seconds at the Malibu Grand Prix (mini-grand prix cars).[6]

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.

Harlan Arliss's dog, Dave, growls at Getraer whenever he walks by.[7]

In his free time, Joe enjoys playing racquetball[8] and is an excellent handball player.[1]

As of 1999, Getraer is the CHP Commissioner.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Episode 219: "Bio-Rhythms"
  2. Episode 117: "Hitch-Hiking Hitch"
  3. Episode 407: "Satan's Angels"
  4. Episode 112: "Aweigh We Go"
  5. Episode 521: "The Game of War"
  6. Episode 404: "The Poachers"
  7. Episode 203: "Family Crisis"
  8. Episode 101: "Pilot"
  9. Episode "CHiPs" '99: ""CHiPs" '99"