The Chatham-Kent Police Traffic Section is a high specialized team dedicated to making our roadways safe for all users of local highways. The seven officers assigned to this section receive additional training specializing in a variety of traffic and marine related fields.
While traffic education and enforcement is the primary role for this section, it is just one of the many areas of responsibility. The Traffic Section utilizes the latest technology when monitoring various speed limits on our Municipality roadway system which include the use of moving and stationary radar units, unmarked cars and a speed measuring laser units. Additionally we partner with other agencies who are in involved with road safety initiatives conducting joint enforcement; the commercial vehicle blitz with the MTO is the most visible of these roles.
All members of the section receive additional training in the area of collision investigation. Four members attend additional courses in the area of collision reconstruction. Beyond basic collision reconstruction training, officers receive additional training in collision investigation and reconstruction involving commercial vehicles, motorcycles and pedestrians. Officers utilize the latest technology when investigating serious and fatal collision which includes the use of 3 D mapping technology, a UAV (Drone) and various software to aid in recreating and understanding the dynamics of a collision scene. In addition, officers are called upon to assist with crime scene mappings to create accurate scale drawings for courtroom presentations.
The Traffic Section utilizes lower profile vehicles to aid in observing the true driving behaviour of drivers using our area roadways. Our fleet of vehicles includes a large SUV, a Ford Pick up, Dodge Chargers and two Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Officers are specially trained to operate the Harley Davidson motorcycles and continue to update their skills through attending the annual Great Lakes Police Motorcycle Training Seminar. The Chatham-Kent Police Service also hosted the Seminar in 2015. Members attending this event receive several days of motorcycle specific training and on the final day are tested as part of a competition.
Members of this section are responsible for training new recruits of the police service in various road safety issues including the operation of police radar equipment and traffic duties surrounding basic enforcement, traffic direction, and collision investigation.