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    Traffic Services Section

    The Traffic Services Section is committed to providing traffic and pedestrian safety in the City of Santa Monica. This unit consists of a cross-section of civilian and sworn law enforcement personnel who together work collaboratively with community partners and the city's Traffic Engineering and Planning to positively impact traffic circulation in the city.   

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    Traffic Enforcement Unit

    The Traffic Enforcement Unit is committed to the goal of reducing traffic collisions through law enforcement, education, and engineering. We participate in weekly targeted enforcement operations to enhance traffic safety, including identification and deterrence of aggressive driving, bike and pedestrian safety operations, and DUI enforcement. Some of these safety operations are grant-funded made possible by the State of California's Office of Traffic Safety.

    In keeping with the Department's goal of addressing bicycle, pedestrian, and motorist safety, this unit makes use of press releases to local media as well as social media communications, including Facebook and Twitter, to provide education and information about SMPD's safety enforcement operations.  We also work closely with City staff and an array of community partners to determine how traffic flow can be enhanced while increasing safety for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

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    Traffic Services Unit

    The Traffic Services Unit's mission is to enforce parking laws and direct traffic within the city while maintaining the safety of our residents and visitors as our top priority.  The unit consists of:

    Traffic Services Officers

    • Responsible for enforcing the City of Santa Monica's parking laws.

    Traffic Control Officers

    • Responsible for conducting traffic control city-wide.

     Collaboratively, members of this unit also assist law enforcement personnel with traffic control at accident scenes, set-up perimeters at crime scenes, and report any illegal or suspicious activity. They also assist with traffic control in the downtown and beach areas during busy seasons including holidays and summer months, as well as special events like the Los Angeles Marathon and GLOW Festival.

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    Crossing Guard Unit

    The primary responsibility of the Crossing Guard Unit is to safely assist school children cross busy intersections. The unit consists of forty (40) crossing guards who are assigned among nine (9) elementary schools and (2) middle schools. They are primarily responsible for:

    • Teaching children to obey all rules when entering a crosswalk.
    • Advise them of safety precautions such as making eye contact with drivers before crossing.
    • Be the eyes and ears of the community while on duty and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement and school personnel.


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