Brockport PD - Special
The imperatives of any
modern police force are service and protection. While one of the most
visible forms of these functions is traffic enforcement, enforcement alone is
not enough. The Brockport Police Department engages in a number of Special
Enforcement Programs that not only have a direct impact on traffic safety, but
on our quality of life as a whole.
Before discussing these
Programs specifically, it is important to remember two things about traffic
enforcement in general:
Police officers try to
educate the public in vehicle safety by conducting traffic stops when a
violation of law is observed. Sometimes a warning is sufficient, sometimes a
citation is in order. Whether a ticket is issued or not, the imperative is
protecting the citizens of our Community.
Citizen concerns regarding
traffic safety in their neighborhoods often dictate when and where police
monitor for violations. If Village residents have a particular area or issue
they would like addressed, they should contact the Police Department by
telephone during regular business hours at 637-1020 (for on-going problems) or
dial 911 (for in-progress events requiring Police response). You may also
If you see red and white
flashing lights behind you, PULL TO THE RIGHT and STOP! Stay in your car,
and await the officer with your hands on the steering wheel. Remember:
bad guys need to get from point A to point B to commit their crimes - and we
don't always know the good guys from the bad guys until we talk to you!
The Brockport Police
Department has secured Grants from the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety
Committee, through the Monroe County Traffic Safety Board, that enables us to
put forth officers tasked with targeting aggressive drivers.
These Grants pay for
officers to patrol areas where speeding, running red lights and stop signs, and
failing to yield to pedestrians are a problem. Officers assigned to these
details are asked to write tickets for violations as a means by which to send a
strong message that unsafe driving habits will not be tolerated in our
Local area Defensive
Driving and Driver Education instructors call upon Brockport Police Officers to
provide valuable information to their students.
Police professionals have
held discussion sessions with motorists, both new and experienced ones,
regarding the Vehicle and Traffic Law, collision avoidance, drug and alcohol
impaired driving, and issues such as distracted driving and drowsy driving.
The goal is to provide accurate information, dispel myths and rumors, and
encourage safe vehicle operation.
Control Law - Impaired Driving Deterrence Grants:
Grants have been
secured from the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, and the Monroe County STOP
DWI Program, to enforce underage drinking laws and deter underage drinking and
Special details have been
put together using Grant funds to allow premise checks of bars, restaurants, and
taverns, to ensure that youths under 21 years of age are not consuming alcoholic
beverages. The Brockport Police Department has also cooperated with the
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and State Liquor Authority in
conducting sweeps of local establishments for fraudulent documents often used by
underage youth to purchase alcohol.
These programs, in
conjunction with the ongoing efforts of local tavern owners to improve training
and compliance within their staff (through voluntary completion of such Liquor
Authority approved courses as TIPS, FAIR, and I'm SMART), have been effective in
reducing the number of underage people involved in alcohol-related incidents.
These details also target
house parties, by use of undercover operatives who are under 21, where alcohol
is given or sold. Those people who provide alcohol to those under 21 years
old are charged with the Misdemeanor offense of Unlawfully Dealing with a Child
1st Degree, and may be subject to arrest, fines up to $1,000, and/or one year in
jail. Additionally, those who accept money for providing alcohol at these
parties may be charged with Sale of Alcohol without a License, also a
Buckle Up New York -
Grants have been
obtained from the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee to allow targeted
enforcement of seatbelt use in conjunction with State and National seatbelt
compliance initiatives. Checkpoints and blanket patrols are used in these
You've seen the
commercials and the billboards: Click It or Ticket. The Brockport Police
Department strictly enforces seatbelt use. Seatbelt compliance is not only
a matter of personal safety, as others who are inside a vehicle involved in a
collision may be killed or seriously injured by the movement of an unrestrained
occupant. Most serious injury and fatal crashes don't happen on the
highway at high speed, but within five (5) miles of home at speeds under 35 mph,
according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov
The Brockport Police
Department and Village of Brockport Department of Public Works have completed a
five-year program to improve crosswalk visibility and gain compliance with
crosswalk use laws.
The Village of Brockport
was awarded the American Automobile Association's Platinum Award for Traffic
Safety for the year 2004 after completion of our five year effort. We were
one of only seven communities in New York State to achieve that recognition.
We believe this was in no small part due to the combined efforts of the Village
Departments to engineer safer and more visible crossings, erect signs both along
and in the street alerting motorists to crosswalks and the law, and targeted
enforcement efforts by police.
Speed Sentry - Speed
Education, and Engineering
Reilich was instrumental in obtaining a State Legislative Grant which enabled
the Brockport Police Department to purchase a Speed Sentry RADAR device.
The Speed Sentry is a
device that is fully man-portable, mounts easily on street signs or telephone
poles, and provides a large, lighted display of vehicle speeds approaching the
RADAR unit. The Speed Sentry educates motorists as to their speed in a
"heads-up" display with easy to read 18 inch numbers, allows officers in the
area to enforce speeds by targeting violators, and allows recording of traffic
flow and speed trends.
The information gathered
by the Speed Sentry is downloaded and provided to the Village Department of
Public Works as part of their ongoing efforts in traffic engineering.
Speed and traffic flow trends are used by Police to target times when there tend
to be more speeders in a particular area.
Because the Speed Sentry
is so easily movable and mountable, it can be used in any area of the Village,
unlike conventional "speed trailers."
STOP DWI - Targeting
The Brockport Police
Department participates in the Monroe County STOP DWI Program by utilizing Grant
funding provided from the County to enhance road patrol traffic enforcement,
specifically targeting impaired drivers.
Officers are deployed in
blanket patrols, and sobriety checkpoints, in order to deter alcohol and drug
impaired driving, and arrest those who drive under the influence. The
Village of Brockport has suffered a number of alcohol and drug related crashes
over the past two years, and while Nationally the number of crashes has
decreased, in the Village it appears to have increased. It is our plan
that through continuing enforcement, education, and training, we will positively
impact this trend.
Drug and Alcohol
Impaired Driving - Police Officer Training:
The Brockport Police
Department has taken a leading role in providing training to Police Officers
from across the County and across the State. Instructors from Brockport
have been utilized in teaching the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program,
as well as the DWI Detection - Standardized Field Sobriety Testing program,
using the curriculum of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Governor's Traffic
Safety Committee has sponsored training with the cooperation of local
Departments, including Brockport, the Monroe Community College Public Safety
Training Facility, and other law enforcement agencies, to enable police officers
to better detect and apprehend drug and alcohol impaired drivers. These
workshops include rigorous classroom and field training in the use of
standardized and systematic system of evaluation tools. For more
information visit the GTSC Web Site at
or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at
Crowd watches start of DWI Crash Simulation
For additional information
on any of the Brockport Police Department's Special Enforcement Programs,
contact Sgt. Stephen Mesiti at 585-637-1020 x48, or you may e-mail