Special assignments within the Patrol Operations Division include the Traffic Unit, Park Patrol and Downtown Bicycle Patrol.
The primary duty of the Traffic Unit is to reduce the number of vehicle collisions within the City of Lodi. We accomplish this by increasing our visibility and focusing our enforcement at high accident locations, as well as responding to requests from citizens for enhanced enforcement at specific locations. The Traffic Unit also investigates all injury vehicle collisions. Additionally, each member of the unit is a member of the Major Accident Investigation Team. M.A.I.T. investigates all serious and fatal vehicle collisions. You may contact the traffic unit with questions or concerns at (209) 333-5558.
The Traffic Unit is currently staffed by 4 officers who ride Harley Davidson Road King police motorcycles. The unit is supervised by a Sergeant and a Lieutenant. The Motor Officers receive extensive training when they come into the unit. They must complete a physically demanding 80-hour course in police motorcycle operation. The entire unit maintains their riding proficiency by participating in quarterly motorcycle training. The officers must also complete a minimum of 160 hours of advanced accident investigation, which includes the use of algebra, trigonometry, and physics.
Community Oriented Policing
The Traffic Unit subscribes to the departmental philosophy of Community Oriented Policing. The City is divided into four districts and each motor officer is assigned to a district. The officer is responsible for monitoring and addressing traffic issues within his district. Although we try to keep track of problem traffic areas in conjunction with the City of Lodi Traffic Engineering, we welcome your feedback regarding traffic concerns.
Driving Under the Influence
The Traffic Unit conducts one DUI checkpoint each month at various locations throughout the City. In addition, each Friday and Saturday night there are two officers assigned strictly to DUI enforcement. This enhanced DUI enforcement is in conjuction with a 2 year grant provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety. Our goal is to not only educate motorists on the danger of driving while intoxicated through enforcement and checkpoints, but to prevent collisions and save lives.
The Traffic Unit operates a Bicycle Citation Diversion Program, which provides the Superior Court with an option for juveniles issued citations for bicycle violations instead of receiving a fine. If a juvenile is issued a citation for a bicycle violation they can be ordered by the court to attend a 2-hour class at the police department. The class covers bicycle safety and rules of the road for riders.
Operation ABC Mobilization
Each May and November the traffic unit participates in a nationwide effort in conjunction with Operation ABC Mobilization to educate the public on the use of seatbelts and child restraint seats. We do this with the assistance of the media, distribution of educational material, conducting checkpoints and increasing enforcement. Our goal is to educate the public on the use of restraints and to hopefully reduce injury and save lives.
In an effort to reduce the number of pedestrian related collisions in the City of Lodi we will conduct pedestrian decoys in a crosswalk and focus our enforcement efforts on those drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians within a cross walk.
14601 VC Stings
14601 VC is the section that pertains to driving on a suspended driver’s license. We believe there is a correlation to the number of hit and run collisions to those individuals driving on a suspended driver’s license. We conduct enhanced enforcement in an effort to locate and cite those individuals driving on a suspended license or without a license. We also work in conjunction with the Superior Court to focus our enforcement on individuals who have just had their license suspended by a Judge and choose to drive away from court.
The department currently utilizes two radar trailers which we place on streets that are experiencing speeding vehicles. The radar trailer displays the actual speed of the vehicle in addition to the speed limit for that particular street. This is an effective way of warning drivers of the speed limit and the speed they are traveling.
Along with all of the enforcement and investigation that the motor officers perform, they are also responsible for a large number of special events in the city that require a concentrated effort on traffic control. Such events include the 4th of July at Lodi Lake, the Grape Festival, The Grape Festival Parade, The Parade of Lights, The Special Olympics of Northern California and numerous walks, 5K and 10K runs. The Motor Officers also travel to attend funerals for officers killed in the line of duty in the Northern California area.
In the summer of 2000, the Lodi Police Department developed a unit of part-time Park Police Officers. This unit’s officers are comprised of working professionals in the community, retired police officers, and full-time officers from other Northern California law enforcement agencies. These officers are responsible for patrolling Lodi Lake and the city’s other 20 parks. Also, in the summer, this unit teams up with the San Joaquin Sheriff Department’s Boating Safety Unit to patrol Lodi Lake and the Mokelumne River.
Downtown Bicycle Patrol
The Lodi Downtown Bicycle Patrol consists of one full-time bicycle officer and eight patrol officers certified in bicycle patrol who are utilized for special events and additional enforcement. Both are committed to keeping the downtown area a safe and clean place for families and individuals to visit. Not only are they Police Officers, but they are problem solvers as well. A problem pointed out by a citizen or a local business is quickly addressed so that downtown Lodi remains as problem free as possible.