Law Enforcement and Pop Culture
Toy: Action Figure on Radio Control Motorcycle, CHiPS, ca. 1980s. 2006.463.1. Collection of the National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, DC.
CHiPS Action Figure on Motorcycle
CHiPs (1977-1983) was a police drama that depicted two motorcycle cops, Francis Llewellyn 'Ponch' Poncherello and Jon Baker, as they patrolled the California highways. The series was unique because it was the first time that a TV show had portrayed officers solely on motorcycles. The show was widely popular, especially with the ladies, because of both characters' sex appeal [Erika Estrada ("Ponch") and Larry Wilcox (Baker)]. The acronym CHiPs that stands for California Highway Patrol was made up by the show's producers.