The public’s safety on Longview streets is of the utmost importance to the Police Department. The primarily responsible unit for this issue is the Traffic Unit. In addition to their enforcement responsibilities, the Traffic Unit officers are trained in advanced accident investigation and accident reconstruction. They are also responsible for follow-up investigations of hit and run accidents.
The Traffic Unit also provides escorts for funeral services taking the procession through the city safely with dignity. Escorts are also provided for dignitaries, such as the President of the United States and the Vice President. Traffic Unit officers share safety presentations with area youth. Citizens are always encouraged to report areas of concern to the Traffic Unit when violations of traffic laws endanger the public’s safety.
Traffic Unit officers regularly work the federally funded traffic safety grants (STEP) providing additional manpower hours of enforcement. While performing STEP duties officers concentrate on seat belt usage, speed compliance, and DWI enforcement.
Sgt. Jeremy Higginbotham supervises the Traffic Division.