Traffic Unit

Purpose
The goal of the Traffic Unit is to contribute to the Department's mission of safe and efficient movement of vehicles and pedestrians. Also, to reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents in the County by having valid accident and enforcement data which is made available regularly to provide the Patrol Supervisors, VDOT and other highway safety-related groups with useful, adequate and timely information on which to base accident prevention efforts and preventative programs.
James City County Police Cruiser at Checkpoint
The Unit will support the traffic activities through data collection and analysis, review of traffic enforcement policy and procedures, traffic enforcement measures, program planning, maintenance and calibration of traffic enforcement equipment and traffic enforcement.

Responsibilities
The Unit consists of 4 officers and is supervised by a Police Sergeant. The responsibilities are:
  • Providing traffic-related training to Department personnel
  • Maintaining radar units and Alco-sensors
  • Calibrating tuning forks and police vehicles
  • Performing traffic analysis and/or coordinate selective enforcement activities based on traffic complaints
  • Evaluating areas experiencing chronic traffic problems
  • Serving as liaison with VDOT to identify locations requiring traffic control, locations requiring parking control or "No Parking" signs
  • Serving as liaison with State and Local Traffic Safety Groups
  • Procuring and distributing traffic safety educational material to the public
  • Working closely with the Grants Administrator in preparing applications for grant funding to include gathering required information and statistics, assist by providing information for required reports for all approved traffic-related grants and other duties as assigned
The Unit is responsible for identifying traffic problems throughout the County. Once the problems are identified, a plan is developed to reduce or eliminate the problem. Three primary areas of focus are Occupant protection, DUI, and speed-related problems. The Unit utilizes new technology to assist in these tasks. Special radar trailers, traffic classifiers and computer databases are commonly used to identify and analyze traffic problems.

Unit Awards
The Unit was developed in August 2002 and has received numerous awards for its work in traffic safety when compared to other Police Departments of similar size across the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as the Nation.
  • 2002: Rookie Award - Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
  • 2003: Honorable Mention - International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • 2004: Second Place - Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
  • 2004: Honorable Mention - International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • 2006: Third Place - Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
  • 2006: Greatest Increase in Community Seatbelt Use - DMV Highway Safety Office
  • 2007: Third Place - Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
  • 2008: Second Place - Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
  • 2009: Third Place - Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
  • 2010: Third Place - Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
  • 2010: Technology Award: Law Enforcement Challenge
  • 2010: John T. Hanna Award Recognizing Traffic Safety Excellence
  • 2010: Highest Seatbelt Use Percentage - DMV Highway Safety Office
  • 2010: Most Improved Seatbelt Percentage - DMV Highway Safety Office
  • 2011: First Place - Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
  • 2011: Second Place - International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • 2011: Highest Safety Belt Use Percentage - DMV Highway Safety Office
  • 2012: First Place - Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
  • 2012: First Place - International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • 2012: Most Improved Seatbelt Percentage - DMV Highway Safety Office
  • 2012: Commonwealth Award - Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
If you have any questions regarding the Unit, please contact Sgt. Thomas Johnson at 757-253-1800.