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Oficers on motorcyclesThe Santa Clara Police Department Traffic Unit is part of the Field Operations Division. The primary goal of the Traffic Unit is to reduce injury collisions through engineering, education and enforcement.

The traffic unit includes one traffic investigator whose primary duty is to perform follow-up investigations on hit and run accidents, investigate major injury/fatal accidents, and file complaints for traffic-related crimes. One motor sergeant and 8 motorcycle officers are assigned to the traffic unit. They are split into two teams.

The morning team works Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., and the evening team works Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Their primary duties are to respond to collisions, investigate major injury accidents and fatalities, and patrol bikesenforcement of traffic laws.

There are two Community Services Officers assigned to the traffic unit. They are responsible for the enforcement of parking violations.

One motor segeant is assigned to the traffic team. His primary duties are to supervise the traffic team members, oversee the major injury/fatal accident investigations, and to take citizen complaints regarding traffic-related issues. The sergeant also works with city traffic engineers to solve traffic issues.

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Accidents, all 1,552 1,308 1,390 1,228 1,242
Arrests, DUI 285 230 247 232 205
Citations, all         20,359 20,056 22,406 22,316 18,785
Citations,  parking          10,323 7,918 11,066 11,869 11,569


Last updated: 12/17/2014 4:01:12 PM