Police - Traffic Safety Division
The traffic division of the Red Bank Police Department is under the command of Capt. Darren McConnell. The division consists of three full time police officers and twenty part-time school crossing guards.
The traffic division is responsible for overseeing all traffic related law enforcement within the borough, investigating serious and fatal motor vehicle collisions, reviewing collision reports filed by patrol officers, conducting follow-up investigations, and conducting comprehensive traffic studies.
The members of the traffic division are specially trained in collision investigation, including classes in advanced accident investigation, accident reconstruction, and traffic engineering. They also serve as instructors within the department and at the Monmouth County Police Academy in areas of radar, DWI detection, and emergency vehicle operations. Members of the traffic division are also members of the Monmouth County Traffic Officers' Association and the New Jersey Police Traffic Officers Association.
The traffic division works closely with the patrol division to conduct effective traffic enforcement programs aimed at reducing collisions and improving the quality of life throughout the borough. The traffic division aggressively pursues funding and participates in nationwide initiatives such as Click It or Ticket and Over the Limit Under Arrest. These grants and initiatives are administered by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety and enable police departments to deploy additional patrols specifically to combat dangerous driving behaviors without impacting the local budget. An example of the benefits that are seen locally as a result of these initiatives was evident after the Red Bank Police Department participated in a two year Pedestrian Safety Program funded through the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety in 2006 and 2007. At the completion of the two-year period, the borough saw a 50% reduction in the number of pedestrian involved motor vehicle collisions. This improvement has continued for the past two years due at least in part to an attentive maintenance program conducted by the police department.