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Traffic Unit
General Overview
PatchThe Council Bluffs Police Traffic Unit is responsible for traffic enforcement, special events coordination, and accident investigation. A sergeant leads the unit and there are normally two officers assigned to the unit on each shift. The traffic unit coordinates special traffic enforcement functions. Drunken driving, railroad, speed, and seat belt enforcement projects are common throughout the year. The Iowa Governors Traffic Safety Bureau funds overtime, through grants, for officers to work special enforcement projects. The unit is responsible for planning special events throughout the year. The traffic unit plans annual events such as the Celebrate CB Parade and Lake Manawa Fireworks. Officers also provide traffic control at the MidAmerica Center for large events.

Training & Investigations
Training and investigationsEach officer within the traffic unit has received specialized training in accident investigation. The unit uses the latest in technology to document accident scenes. The traffic unit investigates all serious injury and fatal crashes. Officers also follow up on the majority of the unsolved hit and run accidents.

Unit Organization
There are currently 10 accident investigators in the accident investigation unit. The unit is divided into two teams, each led by an accident reconstructionist. Two or more investigators are called out to each scene. Officers also assist in documenting major crime scenes. Digital and 35mm photographs are taken at all serious injury and fatal crash scenes.
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Accident Investigations
The accident investigation unit uses a Sokkia total station to map scenes. A Vericom accelerometer is also available for determining drag factors of roadways. Once a scene is mapped, officers download the information from the total station into a computer. The unit uses two programs to draw scenes:
  • Autosketch – a two-dimensional program
  • Mapscenes - a three-dimensional program that can also perform scene analysis

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