The Traffic Division is committed to enhancing traffic safety for our community through education, enforcement and engineering.
The Reno Police Department's Traffic Division is comprised of 28 sworn officers which consists of: 1 Lieutenant, 2 Sergeants, 12 motorcycle officers, 6 crash investigators, 4 DUI officers, and 2 Detectives.
Under the direction of the traffic lieutenant, the traffic sergeants supervise traffic crash investigations, enforcement activities, grant operations and service requests from the public. The thirteen officers assigned as motorcycle officers are responsible for enforcing traffic laws, identifying high crash locations within the City of Reno, and working proactively to reduce crashes and traffic fatalities. These officers must pass an intensive 80-hour motorcycle training course, as well as a 240-hour Field Training Program. Additionally, motor officers are an important part of the City's special events, due to their maneuverability in heavily congested areas and traffic control experience. Many of our traffic officers have collateral duties including firearms instruction, defensive tactics instruction, and SWAT. Motorcycle officers and crash investigators are assigned to work both day and swing shifts covering the hours of 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM.
Six crash investigators are assigned to investigate property, injury, and fatal traffic crashes, including hit-and-run crashes. They drive vehicles equipped with specialty equipment for the investigation of crashes.
Within the division is a specialized Major Crash Investigation Team (MCIT) which is responsible for investigating all crashes involving a fatality and/or a major injury. Investigators assigned to this team receive training in basic and advanced crash investigation, crash reconstruction, and interview and interrogation techniques.
The Traffic Division’s two detectives are assigned to investigate traffic crash reports submitted by the public, including hit and run crashes. They also conduct investigative follow-up from cases taken by officers in the field and are members of MCIT.
Four DUI officers are assigned to patrol the City and enforce drunk-driving laws, primarily through enforcement. Although they work late evening to early morning shifts, they occasionally adjust their schedules as the need arises. DUI officers drive vehicles specifically equipped to assist in the detection and apprehension of those driving under the influence.
Have you noticed that vehicles traveling through your neighborhood routinely exceed established speed limits? The City of Reno welcomes calls from citizens that pinpoint areas where posted speed limits are continually violated.
The City also welcomes calls concerning abandoned vehicles parked on a public street. A vehicle is considered to be abandoned if it has been parked in the same spot on the street for over 48 hours. When you call regarding an abandoned vehicle, have available the location of the vehicle, a vehicle description, and the vehicle license plate number, if there is a plate on the vehicle. For these traffic-related complaints, call RENO DIRECT at 775-334-4636 (INFO).
Click below to download and print out brochures in either English or Spanish to assist you if you are stopped for any reason by a Law Enforcement Officer.