Ensuring the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists and maintaining the safe and orderly flow of traffic is the primary mission of the Police Department’s Special Operations Section. The Section maintains a log of traffic hotspots and assigns officers to designated areas on a random rotating basis with the goal of compliance, even when police are not present. In addition to deploying officers, the Section uses speed trailers, which display vehicle speeds to on-coming traffic, as a tool to educate drivers and slow them down. Some of the steps taken by the Section may not be visible to citizens, such as deploying a traffic classifier. This device measures traffic volumes and vehicular speeds. This data helps gauge the extent of the problem and allows the Department to determine where and when to best deploy police resources.
As part of the Department’s traffic safety program, the Special Operation Section works with other County agencies and citizens to address areas of concern. Resources are deployed based on the following priorities: Accident Reduction, School Zone Safety, Bike/Pedestrian Safety and other areas of concern as identified by citizens.
In order to fulfill our mission, the Special Operations Section shall:
- Conduct selective enforcement in problem areas
- Respond in a timely and effective manner to citizen complaints and concerns
- Participate in local and regional traffic safety programs
- Collaborate with public and private entities to efficiently and effectively address transportation safety concerns
The Special Operations Section is also the home of the Crossing Guard Unit, the Parking Enforcement Unit and the Photo Red Light Enforcement Program.
Report ongoing traffic/parking complaints: ACPDSOS@arlingtonva.us
Abandoned Vehicle Hotline 703-228-4144
Parking Ticket Questions 703-228-7978
Special Operations Commander 703-228-4125