The Traffic Services Section is
comprised of officers
whose objective is to enforce
traffic laws to reduce vehicle crashes and fatalities. The
officers are deployed according to crash analysis statistics and
work during times and in locations on highways and intersections
where the most problems occur and are also assigned to the
neighborhoods. The Traffic Services
Section investigates complaints from citizens about issues such
as areas where frequent speeding or running stop signs occur.
The traffic officers also provide escorts for funerals,
dignitaries and presidential motorcades.
The officers in the Traffic Services
Section investigate fatality crashes and are trained in basic
and advanced crash investigations and reconstruction.
Crash reconstruction training includes courses in At-Scene
Traffic Crash and Traffic Homicide, Advanced Traffic Crash
Investigation and Traffic Crash Reconstruction. The
courses involve learning mathematical formulas to apply to crash
scenarios to determine and draw to scale how crashes happen.
The officers are certified for each part of the course after
completing it, and by passing an exam.
The training is essential, because
expert analyses of crash sites will provide accurate facts and
closure on how a crash really happened, will allow lawsuits and
other legal proceedings to be fair and will indicate roadways
that need additional or improved traffic signs. The
officers work in pairs for crash investigations to ensure
thorough surveys and are experienced in focusing very close
attention to details, gathering facts and applying the correct
formulas for accurate crash reconstruction.