Members of the Citizens Police Academy used the Deer Park Police Department's radar technology as vehicles drive by on Center Street. These radar guns are the same ones used every day by the traffic unit to catch speeders. Photo by Holly Galvan.
During this week's Citizens Police Academy, Officer C.K. Aurelius talked to the class about the Deer Park Police Department’s Traffic Unit.
In the Traffic Unit, there is a sergeant, two traffic officers and 21 crossing guards. There are also volunteers who assist with duties such as handicap enforcement, parades and fun runs.
Aurelius’ duties as a traffic officer include reducing the number of traffic-related calls for service and number of vehicle crashes by implementing traffic counts, speed surveys and extra patrol of problem areas.
“We don’t go out and just look for people to give tickets to. It's more than that. We are trying to keep this city safe,” he said.
Other traffic unit programs include the Teen Safe Driving Program. In 2014 more than 1,375 Deer Park ISD students were taught about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving.