e. The patrol supervisor will proceed to the scene of traffic accidents and ensure necessary traffic
control is established. He or she also assists the investigation team and provides supervision to patrol
f. Other agencies and persons who may be involved in traffic investigations include the following:
Drug and alcohol office.
Staff judge advocate.
In this part you have been introduced to the MP jobs involved in traffic accident investigations. You will
need to identify these positions and describe their role in investigations. You will also need to identify
the other agencies which may become involved in traffic accident investigations.
PART B - MANAGE THE SCENE OF A TRAFFIC EMERGENCY
1. Initial Steps.
Prompt arrival at the scene of an accident is essential. Safety, however, should be emphasized at all
times. Speed limits apply to all vehicles including emergency vehicles. The speed limit should not be
exceeded unless local policy permits and the situation warrants it. While en route, the MP should
maintain contact with the MP desk. The MP should also be on the lookout for suspicious or damaged
vehicles fleeing the general area.
The patrol should obtain as much preliminary information as possible on the accident while en route to
the scene. This information includes--
o Time of notification.
o Who notified the patrol and how.
o Weather and visibility conditions.
o General information on the seriousness of the accident. This information includes if injuries are
present, if the accident was a hit and run, and the amount of traffic congestion at the scene.
o Whether or not additional support such as a wrecker, an ambulance, and additional MP patrols
are on the way to the scene.
By obtaining such information prior to arrival at the scene, the investigators may quickly and efficiently
respond to the situation.
2. Arrival at the Scene.
Upon arrival at the scene, the MPs should properly locate the vehicle. The MP vehicle should not
cause further traffic congestion. However, if necessary, the vehicle may be used as a roadblock. At
night it should be parked so the