The Bristol Police Department Traffic Division falls under the Patrol Services Bureau. The Traffic Division plays a major role in the operation of the BPD. Six fulltime police officers are assigned to this division. The goal of the Traffic Division is to reduce traffic crashes and injuries throughout the city. While proactive police enforcement is a tool for helping to achieve this goal, voluntary compliance from the public is the ultimate goal.
The traffic officers receive advanced training in areas such as accident investigation and reconstruction, DWI enforcement and photography. The officers make use of laser units for speed enforcement and the radar speed trailer to give drivers instant feedback on how fast they are traveling. Computerized equipment is used to reconstruct accident scenes and plot accident diagrams.
The Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team (START) is a unit within the Traffic Division. Members of this unit respond to crashes where a serious injury or fatality has occurred. These members also have specialized training in accident investigation and reconstruction.
In addition, the police motorcycle unit is assigned to the Traffic Division. Motor officers conduct crash investigations, motor vehicle enforcement, and attend community events. Click the link below for more information.
The Traffic Divisions’ Maintenance unit is charged with servicing approximately 70 vehicles in the police fleet and maintaining local traffic control signals and signage throughout the city. To report a damaged or missing traffic sign, click the link below.
Traffic officers are trained in the installation of child seats. This service is available on Fridays between the hours of 10:00 am and 12:00 pm. To request assistance with an installation, fill out and submit the form below.
For additional information, contact the Traffic Division (860) 584-3032.