The Gilbert Police Department Traffic Unit was created in 1996. We currently have a day and night time DUI team totaling 10 motorcycle officers, three collision investigators, two sergeants and a lieutenant. The unit’s primary focus is to reduce collisions, injuries and fatalities on Gilbert roadways through selective and DUI enforcement.
The Traffic Unit utilizes the BMW RT1100's, R1150RT and Honda ST1300P. The motorcycles are equipped with handheld Lidar and mounted moving radar devices. A Ford Excursion is equipped with scales and used to conduct commercial truck inspections.Through grants, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has provided the Traffic Unit with a DUI enforcement van, an unmarked enforcement vehicle to combat aggressive driving, Chevrolet utility truck to store and transport reconstruction equipment, window tint meters, laser guns, preliminary breath testing devices, and overtime funds for neighborhood traffic enforcement, occupant protection enforcement, DUI enforcement and funds to certify officers in phlebotomy for DUI processing.
Motor officers are trained in-house through an AZPOST certified motor officer training program. The training consists of a two week slow cone and braking maneuvers course, one week of road riding and two weeks of field training with another certified motorcycle officer. Most motorcycle officers have several years experience before being able to be considered for selection into the traffic unit and must show proficiency in traffic laws, collision investigation and DUI enforcement before applying.Many of the motorcycle officers have had additional training and are certified in:
- Drug Recognition Expert - additional training for dealing with persons impaired by drugs or alcohol.
- Phlebotomy - training with taking blood samples for DUI evidence and DNA testing.
- Commercial Vehicle Safety Specialist - enforcement of the state adopted Federal Motor Carrier Regulation; inspections of commercial vehicles for safety and weight violations.
The Gilbert Police Department Collision Reconstruction Team is designed to investigate and determine what occurred during a collision sequence, in fatal and serious collisions. The team consists of three reconstructionists and uses GPS based surveying equipment in evidence collection and scene diagramming. The reconstructionists have hundreds of hours of training relating to physics, mathematics and collision investigation.