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 and presenting 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.
The Lincoln Police Department discontinued its Motorcycle Unit in the late 1970’s 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. April 18th was the day 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, where in the past they would not have been able to. This has been accomplished so much in fact, that official traffic citations written by the traffic unit increased 30%. The motorcycle officers also provide escorts at special events such as the Lincoln Marathon and the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
Request for Traffic Enforcement Form
History of the Traffic Enforcement Unit
For further information or to request a Traffic Unit resource, please contact:firstname.lastname@example.org.