Patrol shifts generally consist of a watch sergeant, a minimum of two patrol officers and a motorcycle officer. Their goal role is to provide traffic enforcement and focus on motorist safety. They make crime reports, answer calls for service and patrol the community to prevent crime. In addition, they often identify non-crime related problems in the community and help facilitate solutions.
The Sierra Madre Police Department's Traffic Safety Division is dedicated to the safety of its citizens whether they are driving, biking, or walking. We strive to keep the streets safe through active enforcement and high visibility. We are frequently moving forward with cutting edge technology and advanced training.
The Sierra Madre Police Department's Traffic Safety Division responsibilities include: traffic law enforcement, fatal and injury collision investigations, hit and run collision investigations, intoxicated driver checkpoints, and instilling public awareness of traffic laws and safety. We are also responsible for traffic control from holiday parades and sporting events.
The Sierra Madre Police Department's Traffic Safety Division is awarded traffic safety grants through the California Office of Traffic Safety which allots Federal and State funds to reduce traffic accidents and collisions. Traffic safety grants enable the Department to conduct safety checkpoints for intoxicated drivers and vehicle occupants not wearing seatbelts. Grants are also used to purchase radar trailers and cargo trailers to transport checkpoint equipment. The Sierra Madre Police Department also participates in regional task force efforts to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road.
The Sierra Madre Police Department's Traffic Safety Division consists of one captain, one sergeant, two police officers and a records clerk. Police vehicles include one police motorcycle, one black and white police car and one utility truck. There are trailers with light towers, radar equipment, and message signs.
The Sierra Madre Police Department's Traffic Safety Division works with local schools by holding bicycle rodeos to promote children's bicycle safety, and "Every Fifteen Minutes;" a program that brings awareness to teens about the dangers of driving while intoxicated.
For additional information or questions about a traffic concern, please call your police department at 626-355-1414.