The primary mission of the Traffic Unit is to enhance public safety through fair and reasonable enforcement of motor vehicle laws. The unit also works with Local, State and Federal agencies to promote the safe flow of motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic within the Town of Dartmouth.
Several plans have been implemented to make motorists aware of local speed laws which include the use of RADAR speed signs, RADAR speed trailers and other speed detection and volume devices. Not only do these tools provide speed awareness to the public but they also provide crucial information to our Traffic Unit.
The Unit also manages Traffic Supervisors to help ensure the safety of the students within the Town’s school zones.
All members of the Traffic Unit are specially trained in crash investigation and make up the CRU (Crash Reconstruction Unit).
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The primary duties of the motorcycle unit is to provide the most efficient and
effective response to the community’s needs with the establishment, operation and
deployment of a police motorcycle unit. Motorcycle officers respond to calls for service and enforce parking and traffic violations. The motorcycle unit also provides a highly visible crime deterrent, increase response capabilities, and participate in departmental as well as community events.
The responsibilities of a motorcycle officer may include, but not be limited to:
- Enforcement of parking and traffic law regulations.
- Routine patrol.
- Selective enforcement in areas where citizen complaints have been received regarding violations of traffic laws.
- Traffic direction and control at accident or fire scenes or for crowd control
- Special assignments, e.g. parades, funerals, escorts, or any other event approved by the Chief of Police
- Response as a first responder to complaints that require an immediate response, especially during times of heavy traffic congestion where the motorcycle’s mobility is far greater than a marked police cruiser.
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The members of the Traffic Division are currently certified and assigned to the Crash Reconstruction Unit (CRU) of the Dartmouth Police Department.
These officers have received specialized training in the field of Accident Reconstruction, laser scene mapping, CAD diagramming, and other investigative techniques that will determine the proximate cause of the collision and aid investigating officers in determining the responsible parties.
The CRU also works closely with the District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police CPAC Unit and other governmental and civilian agencies during the investigative process.
The CRU is subject to call outs 24 hours a day whenever a collision may involve the death of a person, serious injury which may cause the death of a person, school bus crashes, departmental involved vehicle crashes and other circumstances that involve advanced crash investigation.
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The Dartmouth Police Firearms Licensing Department oversees more than 2500 Licenses To Carry (LTC) firearms and more than 300 Firearm Identification (FID) cards which are currently issued in the Town of Dartmouth.
Firearms Licensing Process
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