Realizing that enforcement alone will not reduce the incidents of DUI’s and alcohol related crashes , these officers regularly provide training to local schools, military commands, and community groups on the consequences of drinking and driving. Some members of the Traffic Safety Unit are child safety seat technicians and help to educate parents on how to properly install child safety seats to best protect their children.
The Traffic Safety Unit is the largest unit of its kind in the Commonwealth of Virginia and its members are credited with making over 25% of the Department's total annual DUI arrests. As a result of their efforts, the members of this unit were recently awarded the John T. Hanna Award for traffic safety for their outstanding work in the area of overall traffic safety.
TSU Officers must have a minimum of two years of service with the Virginia Beach Police Department and the selection process includes an oral interview board, and a practical evaluation. The position is considered a career enhancement position that is limited to a three year assignment.
The purpose of this career enhancement position is for TSU members to go through specialized training and become more knowledgeable and proficient in traffic laws, DUI detection, and crash investigation. When their three year rotation in the unit is over the officers use this knowledge to educate and motivate officers in the precincts and enhance their abilities in traffic safety.