The Traffic Enforcement Team is a unit of the Operations Division. The primary goal of the team is to encourage traffic safety through enforcement of Lincoln's traffic ordinances. The seven-member unit is responsible for traffic enforcement throughout the city. They also present traffic safety presentations to various community groups.

During a normal year, the Traffic Unit issues approximately 60% of the total number of speeding citations department-wide. The unit is also responsible for all of the department training regarding accident investigation, radar certification and DWI enforcement.

In the late 1970's, the Lincoln Police Department discontinued its Motorcycle Unit and debate continued for years on whether they should be reinstituted. That debate ended in 2005, when LPD made the decision to acquire motorcycles to be utilized by officers in the Traffic Enforcement Unit. Officers were certified as Police Motor Operators by Northwestern University's Certified Police Motor Officer Program. On April 18th, the motors made their maiden voyage on the city streets. The motor officers are required to certify annually as operators and attend monthly training sessions.

We recognized that, as the number of special events and the overall density of traffic have increased in the Capitol City, the need for maneuverability has grown. The motorcycles allow officers to accomplish this and have enabled them to pursue and catch violators. In the past, this would have been more difficult. The motorcycle officers also provide escorts at special events such as the Lincoln Marathon and the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

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