Thursday, October 23, 2014

Traffic Division

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The Traffic Division is comprised of one Sergeant and three Police Officers. Two of the officers are certified traffic accident reconstructionists.

The division uses the three E's of any effective traffic safety program: education, engineering and enforcement.

Education is done through instruction of driver's education classes in defensive driving. Hopefully, in the near future, this class will be taught to the general public as well by members of the division. Our officers also instruct the basic police recruits at the Essex County Police Academy in motor vehicle law and basic accident investigation.

Engineering consists of continuing planning and strategy meetings with state, county and local government officials, as well as construction officials about ongoing traffic projects. In addition, the division conducts traffic surveys periodically at the request of these agencies.

Enforcement is accomplished by aggressive enforcement of traffic laws, especially DWI (Driving While under the Influence). The Fairfield Police Department is consistently one of the highest departments in Essex County for total DWI arrests each year.

We continue to purchase state of the art equipment, including Ka Band radar units and in conjunction with the department's Mobile Data Computers, the productivity of our patrol and traffic divisions has greatly increased. We are constantly looking at new equipment, especially the new LASER radar technology.

The Fairfield Police Department is a member of the New Jersey State Traffic Officers Association and the Essex County Traffic Officers Association.

Officer in Charge

Sergeant Paul Bowden

Unit Members

Officer David Chabay

Officer Ian Rasmussen

Officer Thomas Myers

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