The Shawnee Police Department Traffic Safety Unit became fully operational in January 2002. The Unit was formed after the City of Shawnee received a federal grant through the Kansas Department of Transportation to hire additional officers and purchase specialized equipment to help reduce the number of traffic crashes in Shawnee.
The unit is composed of one sergeant and five officers. The officers assigned to the unit receive intensive training in areas such as:
- Accident Investigation
- Child Car Seat Safety
- Impaired Driver Detection
- Truck Weight Scales
The Traffic Safety Unit utilizes state of the art equipment and technology to assist in investigating traffic crashes and enforce hazardous moving violations in the City.
The Traffic Safety Unit utilizes a special trailer to assist them with their mission of promoting safe driving in Shawnee. The Speed Monitoring and Recording Trailer (S.M.A.R.T. trailer) is used to monitor and record traffic activity. The unit is equipped with a Kustom radar unit and an onboard computer to record and track traffic counts, activity and speed. The unit also utilizes a large lighted display to show oncoming motorists their speed. If they exceed a certain speed, the sign flashes their vehicle's speed in large red numbers, alerting them to slow down.
For more information on this trailer or to request placement of the trailer in your neighborhood call (913) 742-6881.
For more information about the Traffic Safety Unit or if you have any traffic related questions, please call (913) 742-6881.
Traffic Safety Unit Equipment
The Traffic Safety Unit utilizes state of the art equipment and technology to assist in investigating traffic crashes and enforce hazardous moving violations in the city.
Some of the equipment the traffic officers use:
Stalker Dual DSR2X Radar
This radar unit has the latest technology in police radar with features such as automatic fastest speed reading for targets and direction sensing (the radar actually knows and verbally tells you what direction the target is moving in relation to the patrol car). In stationary mode, the unit can be set to register only approaching targets or only moving away targets or both directions. This radar is extremely fast in acquiring a target speed of a moving vehicle.
Kustom ProLaser® III (LIDAR)
The latest technology in LIDAR (laser) for police use. These units give the officer the ability to single out a target vehicle and acquire their speed. It only gives speeds of targets that the operator chooses. It utilizes cross hairs in a heads up display to pick the target.
SOKKIA Total Station
This is the same instrument used by surveyors to plot excavations and elevation changes, etc. The Traffic unit uses this tool to accurately diagram all serious crash scenes and fatality accidents. In the event the information is needed for further investigation or even court, an accurate diagram of the crash scene can be produced using the software listed below. The unit may also be used at serious crime scenes of any kind.
Visual Statement Forensic Mapping software
Used in conjunction with the total station, the information is downloaded and saved to later print out crash scene diagrams or crime scenes. It has the capability to import digital crash scene pictures into the crash scene as well as create a three-dimensional view of the crash scene.
AUTO STATS software program
This is computer software that allows the unit to gather vehicle information and sizes from all makes and models of cars, trucks, and SUV's.
This tool helps measure the "crush" of a car after it has been in a collision. This information can be very helpful in determining the speed a vehicle was traveling at time of impact.
All serious car crash scenes are digitally photographed then later transferred to CD media to aid in further investigation or future court proceedings.
In addition, the Traffic Safety Unit vehicles are equipped with in-car-video systems using wireless body microphones. The system is effective in recording traffic stops and suspected drunk driver investigations. Every car also has a dedicated laptop computer for report writing.
The unit also is equipped with weight scales to enforce the weight limits on the streets of Shawnee. The scales are mobile and can be quickly deployed to any location in the city to check the weight of a suspected overweight truck. The use of the scales for enforcement helps to maintain the high quality of roads in Shawnee.