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1 Innovative Law Enforcement Programs Presented by Lt. Michael Poulin Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office

2 Where Are You Headed? Back to the basics – Make traffic safety a priority Back to the basics – Make traffic safety a priority Think about the total system Think about the total system  Education  Enforcement  Engineering Plan strategically Plan strategically

3 Traffic Safety Issues What is important to you… and your community?

4 Traffic Safety Issues Evaluate the priority of traffic safety in your agency Evaluate the priority of traffic safety in your agency Review the traffic safety issues you face now and into the future Review the traffic safety issues you face now and into the future Utilize systematic approach in solving problems (i.e., Traffic Safety Strategies for Law Enforcement) Utilize systematic approach in solving problems (i.e., Traffic Safety Strategies for Law Enforcement)

5 Many traffic-related issues compete for our attention. School ZonesSeatbelts Impaired Drivers Distracted Drivers Photo EnforcementEngineering LanguagesRoad Racing Pedestrians Bicycles Motorcycles Pursuits Youth AlcoholNo Insurance SpeedingRed Light RunningCell Phones Elderly DriversChild Seats Construction Zones Staffing Aggressive Drivers CMV/TrucksLicenses Crash ReportsRush Hour Ticket Revenue

6 These issues, if left untreated, may lead to fatalities & injuries. School ZonesSeatbelts Impaired Drivers Distracted Drivers Photo EnforcementEngineering LanguagesRoad Racing Pedestrians Bicycles Motorcycles Pursuits Youth AlcoholNo Insurance SpeedingRed Light RunningCell Phones Elderly DriversChild Seats Construction Zones Staffing Aggressive Drivers CMV/TrucksLicenses Crash ReportsRush Hour Ticket Revenue

7 The average law enforcement executive deals with traffic issues more than any other single issue.

8 Now & Into the Future Demographics Senior Drivers Senior Drivers Youthful Drivers Youthful Drivers Population Shifts Population Shifts

9 Now & Into the Future Highway Infrastructure Aging Infrastructure Aging Infrastructure Congestion Congestion Future Designs (ITS) Future Designs (ITS)

10 Now & Into the Future Police Strategies and Tactics Reducing crashes & saving lives priority #1 Reducing crashes & saving lives priority #1 Crime suppression through traffic enforcement Crime suppression through traffic enforcement Multi-jurisdictional efforts - working together Multi-jurisdictional efforts - working together Community policing in traffic matters Community policing in traffic matters

11 Reducing crashes & saving lives priority #1  One fatal crash every 13 minutes  One injury crash every 16 seconds  One vehicle crash every 5 seconds  One property damage crash every 7 seconds Police Strategies and Tactics

12 Reducing crashes & saving lives priority #1 Traffic Crashes are the number one killer of young people 15 to 24 years of age. Police Strategies and Tactics

13 Crime Suppression through traffic enforcement  One murder every 31 minutes  One aggravated assault every 32 seconds  One violent crime every 20 seconds  One crime every 3 seconds  One property crime every 3 seconds Police Strategies and Tactics

14 Traffic Is One Of The Three Major Public Safety Challenges 1.Violent Crime 2.Traffic Safety 3.Illegal Drugs

15 4 out of 5 serious crimes involve mobility Of those:

16 86%are drug related

17 Crime Suppression through traffic enforcement Looking beyond the ticket! Encourage our officers to think about traffic stops as being an opportunity. Encourage our officers to think about traffic stops as being an opportunity. Overcome any bias that traffic stops are ROUTINE. Overcome any bias that traffic stops are ROUTINE. Help them think ‘Outside the Box’ and make the most of limited resources. Help them think ‘Outside the Box’ and make the most of limited resources. Stimulate discussion about how to MARKET the benefits of traffic law enforcement. Stimulate discussion about how to MARKET the benefits of traffic law enforcement. Learn some of the skills and traits viewed as being a Professional Law Enforcement Officer. Learn some of the skills and traits viewed as being a Professional Law Enforcement Officer. Police Strategies and Tactics

18 Crime Suppression through traffic enforcement Benefits For the Community: For the Community: - Vehicle Crash Reduction - Crime Reduction - Awareness of traffic safety issues - Communities satisfaction of their Law Enforcement Agency Law Enforcement Agency: Law Enforcement Agency: - Show reduction in vehicle crashes - Show reduction in Crime - Reduce calls for service. - Officer motivation. - Can increase manpower. Individual Officer: Individual Officer: - Develop techniques to detect criminal activity - More self initiated activity Police Strategies and Tactics

19 Traffic Stops Will: Generate enforcement contactsGenerate enforcement contacts Create public awarenessCreate public awareness Deter/reduce crashesDeter/reduce crashes –41,907 fatalities –3,511,000 people injured –4,548,000 property damage crashes –Cost - $150.5 billion

20 Traffic Stops Also Deter Roadway Crimes Car Thefts and Car JackingCar Thefts and Car Jacking Fugitives in Transit (Child Molesters, Killers)Fugitives in Transit (Child Molesters, Killers) Transporting of Stolen PropertyTransporting of Stolen Property Abused, Kidnapped, Runaway ChildrenAbused, Kidnapped, Runaway Children Illegal WeaponsIllegal Weapons Apprehend and Deter TerroristsApprehend and Deter Terrorists

21 Transporting of Illegal GoodsTransporting of Illegal Goods Outstanding Wants and WarrantsOutstanding Wants and Warrants Criminals Fleeing Crime ScenesCriminals Fleeing Crime Scenes Illegal Consumption of Alcohol/DrugsIllegal Consumption of Alcohol/Drugs Criminals on Their Way to Crime SceneCriminals on Their Way to Crime Scene Uninsured VehiclesUninsured Vehicles –Untaxed cigarettes –Alcohol –Pirated videotapes –Other goods Traffic Stops Also Deter Roadway Crimes

22 Muskegon County Friday, March 28 th 19:00-03:00 Four (4) mile section of interstate Four (4) mile section of interstate Six marked cruiser Eight uniformed officers (one K9) Two County Prosecutors

23 Muskegon County Friday, March 19:00-03:00 Arrests: 21 Citations: 18 Arrests: 21 Citations: 18 4 NarcoticVerbal Warnings: 7 4 NarcoticVerbal Warnings: 7 2 CCWMoney seized: $1, Outstanding WarrantsVehicle seized: 1987 Ford Bronco 2 OUILNarcotics seized: ¼ ounce cocaine 10 Open receptacles 1 ounce marijuana 26 “hits” LSD One loaded handgun

24 Multi-jurisdictional Efforts Working Together Since 1997 the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office has applied for and received grants for traffic safety programs in excess of $486, Police Strategies and Tactics

25 Over the past ten years the State of Michigan has averaged: Over the past ten years the State of Michigan has averaged:  126,000 intersection crashes – 30% of all reported crashes.  365 fatalities – over 25% of all fatalities.  4,400 KA injuries – over 30% of KA injuries. From this, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission identified Intersection Safety as one of its three main issues to address. What’s been Done

26  Six agencies agreed to pilot intersection enforcement activates.  High crash locations were identified.  Two agencies agree to test “rat box” technology.  Agencies also used “spotters” and “chase car” methods.  Each agency was required to submit activity reports after each enforcement activity. Action Plan

27 Intersection Selection MSP – Traffic Crash Reporting System MSP – Traffic Crash Reporting System Top five intersections- Top five intersections-

28 DateInter:Start timeEnforcement location # of OfficersTotal Hours 6-Jun 16:00Apple Shonat515 6/8/ :00Apple Shonat515 6/10/ :00Apple Shonat515 6/13/2005 7:00Harvey Sternberg515 6/15/2005 7:00Harvey Sternberg515 6/17/2005 7:00Harvey Sternberg515 6/21/ :00Apple Shonat515 6/22/ :00Harvey Sternberg515 6/23/ :00Apple Shonat515 6/24/2005 7:00Apple Shonat412 6/29/2005 7:00Apple Shonat515 6/30/2005 7:00Apple Shonat515 6/30/ :00Harvey Sternberg515 7/1/2005 7:00Apple Mill Iron Rd.515 7/1/ :00Apple Mill Iron Rd.515 7/4/2005 7:00Apple Mill Iron Rd.515 7/4/ :00Apple Mill Iron Rd.515 7/6/ :00Apple Shonat515 7/7/ :00Harvey Sternberg515 7/12/ :00Apple Shonat515 7/13/ :00Apple Mill Iron Rd.515 7/14/2005 7:00Apple Mill Iron Rd.412 7/15/ :00Harvey Sternberg515 7/25/2005 7:00Apple Shonat412 7/25/ :00Harvey Sternberg515 7/29/ :00Apple Mill Iron Rd

29 DateInter:Start timeEnforcement location # of OfficersTotal Hours 5-Jun 16:00Apple Shonat515 6/7/ :00Apple Shonat515 6/9/ :00Apple Shonat515 6/12/2006 7:00Harvey Sternberg515 6/14/2006 7:00Harvey Sternberg515 6/16/2006 7:00Harvey Sternberg515 6/20/ :00Apple Shonat515 6/21/ :00Harvey Sternberg515 6/22/ :00Apple Shonat515 6/23/2006 7:00Apple Shonat412 6/27/2006 7:00Apple Shonat515 6/29/2006 7:00Apple Shonat515 6/30/ :00Harvey Sternberg515 7/3/2006 7:00Apple Mill Iron Rd.515 7/3/ :00Apple Mill Iron Rd.515 7/5/2006 7:00Apple Mill Iron Rd.515 7/5/ :00Apple Mill Iron Rd.515 7/6/ :00Apple Shonat515 7/7/ :00Harvey Sternberg515 7/10/ :00Apple Shonat515 7/12/ :00Apple Mill Iron Rd.515 7/17/2006 7:00Apple Mill Iron Rd.412 7/19/ :00Harvey Sternberg515 7/20/2006 7:00Apple Shonat412 7/24/ :00Harvey Sternberg515 7/26/ :00Apple Mill Iron Rd

30 Results Number of enforcement Zones 52 Work Period June –July Number of Officers 146 Vehicles Stopped 606 Susp. license 11 Red Light 208 Belt Citations 120 Other Traffic 52 Other Misd. 24 Illegal Turns 30 Other felony 6 Total541

31 Community Policing in Traffic Matters Location – Oriented Strategies Location – Oriented Strategies Alcohol Compliance Checks Alcohol Compliance Checks Keg Identification Keg Identification Emergency Driver Training Emergency Driver Training Task Force Task Force


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