Uniform Patrol

Responsibilities

The Uniform Patrol Division of the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office is responsible for answering calls for service, enforcing traffic laws, serving arrest warrants and legal process, and patrolling the highways and streets of York County as a visible symbol of law enforcement.

Division Staff

The Uniform Patrol Division currently has 4 shifts that consist of a Lieutenant, two Sergeants and 8-10 field deputies. There are specialized units within the Patrol Division, such as the Emergency Response Team, K-9, and Bicycle Patrol.  They are used when a special situation or emergency arises.  

Traffic Division

The Traffic Unit is a specialized unit, within the Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division, dedicated to ensuring public safety on the roadways. This unit is responsible for enforcing traffic laws, conducting speed enforcement, and implementing various measures to promote traffic safety.  

The deputies in the Traffic Unit are highly trained in traffic law enforcement and use a variety of tools and techniques to monitor and control traffic flow in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). They often use motorcycles, unmarked vehicles, radar, laser devices, and other speed detection equipment to monitor and enforce speed limits. In addition to speed enforcement, they also focus on detecting and apprehending drivers who engage in reckless or dangerous driving behaviors, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, distracted driving, and aggressive driving. 

Furthermore, the Traffic Unit plays a critical role in investigating traffic crashes. When a collision occurs, these deputies are responsible for responding to the scene, documenting evidence, and determining the causes and contributing factors of the accident. They may also reconstruct the crash scene to understand the sequence of events leading up to the crash. Their investigations help in determining fault, assisting with insurance claims, and providing crucial information for legal proceedings. 

The Traffic Unit was first established in 2001 in response to growing complaints of the citizens of York County.  In 2023 the Sheriff’s Office issued 3390 traffic summonses for various traffic offenses and investigated 844 reportable crashes. 

The Traffic Unit also engages in community outreach and education programs to raise awareness about safe driving practices and promote compliance with traffic laws. They often collaborate with schools, businesses, and community organizations to deliver educational presentations and materials aimed at improving road safety. 

Overall, the traffic unit serves as a vital component in maintaining public safety on the roadways, enforcing traffic laws, and reducing the frequency and severity of traffic accidents within their jurisdiction.

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