The goal of a police traffic supervisor is the reduction of--
o Traffic accidents and death.
o Injuries and property damage.
Installation commanders are responsible for developing traffic circulation plans. These plans provide
the safe and efficient use of roadways and support systems. Circulation plans should be a major
consideration in all long-range master planning. Traffic circulation plans are usually developed by the
installation law enforcement office. Others involved in this planning are--
The transportation officer.
The safety officer.
Highway engineers representing adjacent civilian communities.
2. Information Collection.
The foundation of any law enforcement effort is knowledge of past events. Collected data about past
events is organized and processed into useful information. This facilitates the planning of present and
future enforcement needs. We have discussed analyzing data from files in the previous lesson. This
lesson covers how to analyze data from traffic studies.
a. Traffic studies are one of the tools available for traffic law enforcement planning. Traffic studies
are designed to obtain information on traffic problems and usage patterns for your installation. These
studies assist in determining--
Major and minor routes.
Location of traffic-control devices.
Conditions requiring engineering services.
Conditions requiring enforcement services.
b. Traffic studies are required when changes occur in conditions. These might include major
changes in mission or relocation of units. They also include minor changes such as new secondary
roads or new buildings with increased parking problems. The type of change will determine the nature
and depth of the study. When planning your traffic studies, consider the following:
o The public should be informed of the study and its purpose, especially if it affects their day-to-
o An operating station is used in traffic studies. A station consists of one or two MPs who
- Check the stations a minimum of five minutes each hour.
- Provide a supervisor for each two to eight stations.
- Provide a coordinator for the overall study.