Traffic officers primarily respond to vehicle crashes, including hit-and-run accidents, and they investigate as needed. They also assist awith special traffic enforcements and educate drivers about state traffic laws and city ordinances. The Traffic officers include Senior Patrol Officers Jason DeWitt and Aaron Ogle, who are supervised by Sergeant Dave Marshall. Both officers are traffic school instructors.
From spring through fall, Traffic officers patrol on motorcycles. They perform traffic enforcement duties while riding 2010 Kawasaki Concours equipped with a computer, e-citation scanners and printers, mounted radar detector, and handheld lidar detectors. This technology allows the officers to work efficiently, providing access to the same technology and information also available in the patrol vehicles.
In 2014, our motors patrol participated in several events, including our Cops-n-Kids & Rodders-n-More Open House, SkyFest 2014 at Fairchild Air Force Base in Airway Heights, Washington, and the FBI National Academy Associates annual conference in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho.
Post Falls Police Department’s Bike Patrol started in June 2013. Specially-assigned and trained officers mount a bicycle on the back of their patrol vehicle. They can rapidly deploy into any area of the city at the officer’s discretion or as needed. This makes our Bike Patrol unique. Most traditional bike patrols remain exclusively in one location, such as a downtown area.
Our Bike Patrol team includes Sergeants Gary James and Jason Mealer, Senior Patrol Officers Brian Harrison, and Detective Troy Moss.
This year, the department purchased a fourth police-packaged bicycle sold by Safariland and built by Kona. Just like the other bikes, the new one is a 30-speed with 29-inch Roxshox tires, internal cabling, aluminum tubing, integrated rear rack system, and ergonomic handlebars. They are equipped with 360-degree emergency lighting plus a siren and horn.
Our Bike Patrol’s second season has been successful. Citizens praised the program and were happy to see officers riding around in high-crime areas. Officers made several arrests while patrolling on their bikes. The team participated in a bike rodeo for the Boys and Girls Club in Post Falls. Bike Patrol officers also helped rescue an injured, abandoned dog in Falls Park during the summer.
Speed Measuring Device
The department purchased a new speed measuring device by Jamar Technologies, Inc. The unit allows officers to quickly and easily analyze data and produce comprehensive traffic reports. We will position the speed measuring device in areas with traffic complaints and check it routinely via Bluetooth wireless technology. The unit prints reports containing dates and times of traffic volumes and concerns, which is a useful tool in solving some of our city’s traffic issues.