Traffic Safety Division
The Montclair Police Department formed the Traffic Safety Division in 2014. The mission of the Traffic Safety Division is to reduce traffic-related deaths, injuries, and financial losses through high-visibility enforcement, educational programs, and public awareness campaigns. Members of the Division are commanded by a Lieutenant and work closely with the Community Relations Division to carry out the mission.
One of the goals of the Traffic Safety Division is to engage in strategies that enhance the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and the motoring public. The Traffic Safety Division utilizes high-visibility traffic enforcement programs intended to deter dangerous drivers, in addition to public awareness programs designed to educate the public on such topics as occupant protection, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.
Specially trained "Motor Officers" are assigned to the Traffic Safety Division. Motorcycles provide the Officers with enhanced acceleration, increased visibility, better maneuverability, and quicker response times in heavy traffic. In addition to three weeks of motorcycle training, Officers receive specialized training in traffic enforcement, traffic collision investigation, and other traffic-related topics. The Officers utilize current traffic collision data, empirical data, and input from the public to direct traffic enforcement efforts. In addition to high-visibility traffic enforcement, the Officers are responsible for developing and presenting public education programs.
For information on how to obtain a copy of a collision report, click here.
The Traffic Safety Division relies on the public to provide information on traffic-related issues. To report a problem or to provide traffic-related input, click the link below to email your comments to the Traffic Safety Division. The Division will make every effort to respond to your comments expeditiously. Please include your name and phone number if a response is desired.
Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Checks
Officers assigned to the Traffic Safety Division are certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians. National CPS Certification Training is a program of Safe Kids Worldwide, which is the certifying body and responsible for managing all aspects of the program. CPS technicians can conduct child safety seat checks by appointment. Parents and caregivers receive education and hands-on assistance from CPS technicians to enhance the safety of child passengers. To schedule an appointment for a child safety seat check, or to schedule a group presentation on occupant safety, click the link below to email a request. Please include your name and phone number.
Major Accident Investigation Team
One of the components of the Traffic Safety Division is the Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT). The Department has four investigators supervised by a Sergeant. MAIT members can be called upon to investigate critical events such as collisions resulting in fatalities, collisions involving the railroad, commercial vehicles, serious injury pedestrian collisions, City vehicle-involved collisions, public transit collisions, and any other collision events with potential for significant injury or liability.
Although all Officers within the Montclair Police Department are trained in collision investigations, Officers assigned to MAIT receive advanced training in physics of collisions, skid analysis, and advanced coordinate mapping using a SOKKIA Total Station. This information can then be used to recreate the collision on a computer to assist with determining the cause. Members of MAIT possess skills from many disciplines, including commercial vehicle enforcement, criminal investigations, mechanical vehicle inspections, and traffic enforcement/safety. With the capabilities of the SOKKIA Total Station, members of MAIT can also be called upon to create forensic crime scene diagrams for criminal investigations.