The jobs carried out by our Roads Policing Unit are vast, just like the roads in our area.
Whether you drive a car, ride a bike or walk to the bus stop, we want you to travel safely. After all, road use is a privilege we all pay for!
By and large, the work of the RPU falls into three categories:
- Dealing with people who endanger our roads by breaking the law
- Educating and training people on how to protect themselves behind the wheel, behind the handle-bars, or in the saddle
- Working with partners to improve road layouts, so there’s less congestion and less risk.
The reality is that most incidents on our roads could have been prevented.
Texting at traffic-lights; not wearing a seatbelt; going a day without car tax; doing 40mph in a 30mph zone… These things might seem trivial when you’re in a rush, but they put you and other people on the road at risk and could prove costly in the long run.
The ultimate price, of course, is the loss of a life. The number of road deaths has fallen but we want to reduce this figure further still.
It’s important you know what to do if you’re involved in a road traffic collision. If you’re not sure, our ‘What to do after a collision’ page will help.
Our specially-trained traffic officers work 24/7 to keep you safe. Aside from road offences, they also use technology to track and arrest travelling criminals wanted across the force.
The cars they drive differ from our response cars, because we need high performance vehicles that are fast enough to pursue offenders at high speeds, and big enough for our kit!
As you can see, they’ve changed a lot over the years…