Traffic Support Unit
Welcome to the Traffic Support Unit, (TSU) link. Our duties encompass two key areas: Traffic Enforcement and Traffic Support. The enforcement of traffic laws plays an integral part in facilitating normal traffic flow and the overall safety for our city's drivers, peda cyclists and pedestrians on all city streets. This is accomplished through ongoing efforts which increase the usage of safety belts, child safety restraints, reinforcing compliance with posted speed limits and actively targeting impaired drivers.
Traffic Support is our second key area of responsibility. Our first priority is providing traffic support to all of the Patrol Divisions within the Department. Within the realm of support, we are also tasked with managing various special events throughout the city.
Within the Unified Government, the Traffic Support Unit works closely with Public Works and the Traffic Engineers office in proactively identifying and solving traffic related issues or potential concerns. TSU continues to also work closely with various other State and Local agencies in promoting traffic safety, education and by frequently participating in specific traffic safety enforcement campaigns.
Described below are some of the positions and duties associated within the Traffic Support Unit to include a chart which depicts the unit's workload in 2012.
Hit and Run Officer This Officer is highly trained in accident investigation and is responsible for investigating hit and run accidents by conducting follow up investigations on cases in which active leads exist. These investigations include but are not limited to: ensuring proper report classification, obtaining victim/witness statements, examning and photographing physical evidence, impouding vehicles and issuing corresponding citations,etc. In addition to the investigative duties, this officer is also tasked with maintaining accurate records of all assigned unit inventory while being responsible for the Department's ticket accountablility and disbursement.
Traffic Complaints- Are also recieved and recorded by the Hit & Run officer who forwards them to the appropriate shift supervisor so that they may be addressed accordingly.
Motorcycle Officer: The Kansas City, Kansas Police Departments Wheel Unit was originally formed in 1912 and at that time was primarily used to increase response time and to supplement existing patrol resources. Since that inception in 1912, the position has evolved tremendously in that required duties have become more specific and complex. These officers must now conform to strict physical standards which enable them to adequately perform their duties under adverse conditions; they must posse's specialized skills in operating sensitive and sophisticated equipment and must pass a rigorous annual motorcycle re-certification process. At the local and national levels, our motor officers have established a reputation for being highly skilled and professional "wheel man." These officers perform general enforcement, special enforcement and traffic support activities as directed.
DUI Detection: The DUI officer is a highly qualified, trained, certified officer who has assumed the duties of Breath Alcohol Program Administrator. In addition to processing DUI's and maintaining all equipment associated with the position, this officer is also an adjunct KCKPD Academy Instructor teaching accident investigation. During the course of his duties, the officer conducts numerous and varied types of line patrol activities such as, but not limited to: traffic enforcement, tag enforcement, DUI enforcement, collision investigations, etc. Administratively, there are various different certifications, requirements and state mandated reports that this officer prepares and sends to the state on a monthly and quarterly basis to ensure unit/officer compliance with necesssary certifications.
Traffic Fatality Chart: Select officers within the Unit are assigned to the CCRT Team (Critical Crash Response Team), and are tasked with responding to and investigating all traffic related fatalities. These officers have been trained in advanced accident investigations and forensic mapping.
The chart below shows the number of traffic accident fatalities which have occurred between 1999-2012. This chart can also serve to re-enforce the importance of traffic enforcement activities.