Major Crash Investigation Unit
The mission of the Major Crash Investigations Unit (MCIU) is to solve traffic safety problems through partnerships with our citizens and other agencies. The Major Crash Investigations Unit is comprised of a highly trained, flexible, and proactive team that is committed to the prevention of vehicle collisions, the fair and impartial enforcement of motor vehicle laws, and the education of our citizens regarding traffic safety issues. The Major Crash Investigations Unit investigates all traffic related fatalities and any vehicle collision involving city or county equipment that has resulted in serious injury or extensive property damage. The HITS Unit will take a leadership role in raising public awareness to the emotional and economic consequences of traffic safety issues.
DWI Task Force
The DWI Task Force was formed in November of 2013 and comprised of 6 officers and a Sergeant. This is a grant funded unit through the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. The unit’s goal is to decrease DWI related crashes through vigorous traffic enforcement and DWI checking stations. The unit has two Drug Recognition Experts who assist the Major Crash Investigations with fatal crashes involving drug impaired individuals.
There are 13 motor units including a Sergeant. The high maneuverability of motorcycles has proven to be an asset in the areas of traffic enforcement, as well as providing valuable assistance with dignitary escortsparades, funerals and other special events. The unit’s primary focus is to suppress crime in the division “Hot Spots” or high crime areas through traffic enforcement and visibility.
The Major Crash Investigations Unit, Motorcycle Unit and DWI Task Force are managed within the Field Services South Group.
The Unit's staffing includes:
One Sergeant over fatality crash investigations
One Motor Sergeant
One DWI Task Force Sergeant
6 DWI Task Force Officers
12 Motor officers
6 Fatality Investigators
All officers assigned to Major Crash Investigations, Motorcycle Unit and the DWI Task Force are required to attend and complete a rigorous traffic enforcement / collision reconstruction curriculum within their first year in the assignment. The officers are also required to maintain and keep current, certifications relating to their traffic enforcement assignment. Detectives with the Major Crash Investigations Unit are required to complete a collision reconstruction curriculum. The total primary training for MCIU Officers exceeds 600 hours.