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Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

About the Traffic Division

Motorcycle / Car Detail

The Traffic Division is charged with the specific duties of traffic enforcement, serious injury accident investigation, fatal accident investigations, and major traffic crime investigations. Traffic complaints generated by citizens are also handled by the Division, with our Enhanced Vehicle Safety Enforcement Program detail taking the lead in this arena.

The Traffic Division as a whole also handles numerous Community Events including but not limited to, Parades, Community Marches and Demonstrations, Dignitary Motorcades, and sponsored Runs and Walks. For the calendar year 1998, we handled 61 Community Events. In years when there is a Presidential Campaign, this number rises according to the number of Candidates that visit Portland.

 Enhanced Vehicle Safety Enforcement Program (EVSEP)

The Portland Police Bureau is proud of our Enhanced Vehicle Safety Enforcement Program. This innovative program continues to respond directly to community/neighborhood traffic complaints.  This program is a proactive approach to interdict errant drivers, respond to neighborhood traffic complaints in a systematic manner and increase neighborhood safety and livability. In order to enhance the effectiveness of this program, the EVSEP Officers work closely with the remaining Traffic Division Enforcement Officers, Photo Radar Officers, Precinct Neighborhood Response Teams, Bureau of Traffic Management, and citizens throughout the city. Some of the equipment involved in this effort includes handheld radar guns, hand held laser guns, photo radar, and speed monitoring carts (SMART wagons).

Traffic Investigation Unit

The function of the Traffic Investigation Unit (TIU) includes complete investigation of prosecutable fatal accidents, follow-up investigations of Hit and Runs with suspect information, and assisting Homicide detectives with laser transit diagramming of crime scenes. The Officers assigned to TIU also participate in traffic Events such as parades, motorcades, runs and Federal/State funded programs.

Commercial Vehicle Inspections

The CVIT is tasked with the duties of inspection/enforcement of commercial vehicles operated on the highways and streets within the City of Portland. Inspections of these vehicles include, but are not limited to, power units and or combination power unit and trailers with gross vehicle weight rating over 10,000 lbs, looking for mechanical and structural faults on the vehicles, examining log books and operator licensing, hazardous material paper work violations, weight/height/width violations, and sobriety/fitness checks of the commercial vehicle operators.

 The CVIT is funded entirely by Federal Funding.