Sgt. Daniel McLaughlin Unit Head
201-664-4200 Ext 1531
The Traffic Bureau is one of the HPD's busiest specialized units. With the responsibility of monitoring the Boro's traffic and pedestrian flow, the Traffic Bureau , manned by Sgt. Dan McLaughlin, P.O. Tom. Smith, and P.O. Ryan Norton oversees the enforcement of all traffic laws, the review of all motor-vehicle accidents, and the education of vehicle safety issues.
Members of the Traffic Bureau have a variety of training and experience; with a combined hourly total of classroom training somewhere in the thousands, the officers who serve in the Traffic Bureau are highly trained in the areas of traffic safety, enforcement, and investigation. All three of the Department's Traffic Officers are certified in various courses of study, including Vehicle Dynamics and Crash Investigation. P.O. Tom Smith, a member of the Bergen County Fatal Accident Investigation Squad, has specific expertise in accident reconstruction.
The Traffic Bureau's day-to-day responsibilities lie in the recording and tracking of the enforcement of the traffic laws, the use of R.A.D.A.R, and the various safety issues facing motorists and pedestrians who travel throughout the Boro. The Traffic Bureau has directed such activities as the Car Seat Inspection Program, Seatbelt Safety Checkpoints, the Bicycle Patrol Unit, Bicycle Rodeo, Pedestrian Safety Enforcement, "Click or Ticket", "End DWI" and other targeted traffic enforcement initiatives.
Moreover, the Traffic Bureau plans the road closures for special Boro events, like parades or memorial services. The Traffic Officers also handle all traffic/parking-related complaints and issues that arise throughout the year.
From diligent enforcement, like DWI Patrol, to community services, like the Car Seat Inspection Program, the Hillsdale Police Department's Traffic Bureau directs a variety of tasks that increase the safety of Hillsdale's motorists and pedestrians.