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December 2019

NYSACOP GTSC Law Enforcement Liaison Report

By Dominick Macherone

 “Traffic Tuesdays-The National Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors (TSRP) Webinar Series”: (at the time of publication no TSRP webinar has been announced for December)

“LEXIPOL Webinar – Reducing Risk on the Road: How to Keep Officers Safe During Roadway Operations - December 13, 2019”: On December 13, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. LEXIPOL will host a webinar entitled “Reducing Risk on the Road: How to Keep Officers Safe During Roadway Operations”. The routine nature of traffic stops and accident response obscures the truth—roadway operations are inherently dangerous for law enforcement officers. So far this year, 15 officers have died as a result of “struck by” incidents. And in a recent survey, more than 1 in 10 people said they have either struck or nearly struck a first responder stopped on or near the road. Reducing the risk associated with law enforcement roadway operations starts with deepening our understanding of the problem and incorporating the latest technology and research. Join Lexipol’s Gordon Graham and a panel of experts to learn how your agency can take steps to make the roads safer for officers.

You’ll learn:

  • The importance of changing behavior and procedures to address the risks involved with roadway operations
  • Highlights from a recent survey on distracted driving
  • How traffic crash reporting, safety analysis and records can inform safety efforts
  • Research on the effectiveness of vehicle warning lights

The registration link for the webinar is: https://info.lexipol.com/webinar-law-enforcement-roadway-safety

“2019 Holiday Season (National) Drive Sober or Get Pull Over Mobilization & NYS STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdown – December 11, 2018 – January 1, 2020”: The holiday season is known for being merry and bright, however it is also associated with one of the deadliest times of year when it comes to drunk and impaired driving highway crashes. In addressing and combating this traffic safety priority the National and statewide STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdown period will take place December 11, 2019 – January 1, 2020 and needs your participation to make it a success. In planning for this mobilization visit NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Marketing page for the latest campaign materials and marketing techniques to maximize your high visibility enforcement efforts at: https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/drunk-driving/holiday-season.  As law enforcement professionals and highway safety advocates your efforts will help reduce the number of drunk and impaired drivers on the roads and save lives. By increasing State enforcement efforts, raising public awareness through paid, earned, and social media, and maximizing your local resources, you can make a marked difference. So please join your law enforcement colleagues, state and local traffic safety advocates, GTSC, and STOP-DWI New York in this year's Holiday Season impaired driving enforcement campaign. Additional resource materials are also available on the Traffic Programs Page of the NYSACOP website at www.nychiefs.org, and the STOP-DWI New York homepage at www.stopdwi.org.

“STOP-DWI NEW YORK Mobile App – Have A Plan”: The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and representatives from the New York STOP-DWI Foundation wish to remind all partners of the release of its free “Have A Plan” mobile application. The app encourages people to have a plan to get home safely if they are impaired by alcohol or drugs. We encourage and look to our law enforcement agencies to promote and market this free program in your communities. To download the app simply visit www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp .

“2020 Training Schedules for ARIDE and DRE Classes”: The training schedules for the two-day Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement and Drug Recognition Enforcement training classes for 2020 that are supported by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee can be found on the following link: http://www.safeny.ny.gov/DRE/dre-clas.htm. Questions on the training can also be directed to NYS DRE Coordinator Renee Borden at the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. These training schedules are also located on the GTSC website at http://safeny.ny.gov/DRE/default.htm, or the NYSACOP Traffic Programs page at https://nychiefs.org/traffic/traffic-programs.

“Upcoming GTSC Below 100 Intensive & Train-the-Trainer Courses”: The New York Governor's Traffic Safety Committee is pleased to announce its continued support of the officer safety focused Below 100 Intensive/Train-the-Trainer Programs in 2020. The initiative aims to reduce line of duty deaths (LODDs) nationally to below 100 annually. The training specifically focuses and incorporates 5 Core Tenets that are changing police culture and saving lives: Wear Your Belt; Wear Your Vest; Watch Your Speed; What’s Important Now (WIN); and Remember, Complacency Kills. Law Enforcement Liaisons are currently considering possible locations to host these trainings in the upcoming year that include the Central New York region. A substantial effort is being made to get as many agencies and officers as possible trained and involved in the Below 100 programs. The NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is also a key partner in this statewide initiative. Information on the trainings and locations will be made available and distributed as soon as plans are finalized.

Save-the-Date - Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference – May 13-14, 2020: The Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference (ESLETS) is scheduled for May 13 & 14, 2020 at the Hunter Mountain Resort in Hunter, NY. This annual traffic safety conference is the only one of its kind for law enforcement in the state and focuses on contemporary and emerging traffic safety issues; the conference is designed by law enforcement - for law enforcement. Soon conference registration information will be posted and linked to the New York State Police Traffic Safety Page at https://troopers.ny.gov/Traffic_Safety/.

“Highlighting Traffic Safety Initiatives Beyond the Borders of New York”: In our October 2019 Liaison Report we began showcasing and sharing other traffic safety issues, initiatives, best practices, and strategies by law enforcement beyond New York’s borders. This month we’re featuring a November 28, 2019 story from the BBC News Online (UK) on “Drug-Drivers Targeted in Festive Drink-Drive Campaign – Police Scotland Launching Its Annual Campaign against Drinking-Driving – with Drug-Drivers Also Being Targeted”; the link to the story is: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-50574131

Visit the Traffic Programs Page on our NYSACOP website at www.nychiefs.org and Law Enforcement Partners Page on the GTSC website at www.safeny.ny.gov for additional traffic safety and enforcement resources, materials and information. Our GTSC Law Enforcement Liaisons and Program Representatives look forward to assisting you and can be reached at the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee by calling (518) 474-5111.

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