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Operations Division

Traffic Unit

The Modesto Police Department’s Traffic Unit was first established in 1921.

Motor officers ride Honda ST1300 Motorcycles. These motorcycles are equipped with emergency lights, siren, and radar. Prior to being able to conduct enforcement, every motor officer must pass a rigorous two month in-house training program and a two week Motor Officer Academy. Motor officers must also attend a minimum of 160 hours of specialized traffic collision investigation courses.
MPD Traffic Unit
DUI enforcement officers drive marked black and white Ford Crown Victorias. These vehicles have Preliminary Alcohol Screening devices and other specialized DUI equipment. 

DUI enforcement officers have received many hours of specialized alcohol and drug recognition training. Some of these courses include Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST), Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), and extensive training on the use and maintenance of breath alcohol testing machines (also known as EPAS and PAS devices). In addition to these courses, the traffic unit also has officers who are certified as standardized field sobriety test instructors.

The Modesto Police Department has no certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians. This means they have passed a 40-hour course on proper installation of child safety seats. If you would like to be shown how to properly install a child safety seat in your vehicle, you can contact CHP at (209) 545-7440 and ask to make an appointment.

For any other Traffic Unit questions, please feel free to call us at (209) 572-9592.

Traffic Squad