Traffic Unit

Traffic Unit Mission

The mission of the Buffalo Grove Traffic Unit is to reduce property damage, injuries, deaths, and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes in the community. Preventative patrols, proactive enforcement, community education, analysis of traffic collision data, investigation of traffic crashes, and active problem solving are used to accomplish our mission. 

Traffic Unit Goals

  • To ensure the safety and well being of our citizens and motoring public who travel through Buffalo Grove.
  • To enhance citizen education, understanding, and satisfaction of police traffic services.
  • To deter crime through increased presence and visibility in the community and through the apprehension of criminals by utilizing motor vehicles in the most efficient, pertinent and safe manner possible.

About the Traffic Unit

The Traffic Unit is comprised of one sergeant, four traffic officers, and one truck overweight enforcement officer. Officers assigned to the Traffic Unit work closely with traffic engineering, community development, public works and neighborhood groups to improve our response to traffic safety issues. The Traffic Unit utilizes police motorcycles, overweight truck enforcement S.U.V. and squad cars to accomplish our mission. Other equipment includes the S.M.A.R.T. (Speed Monitoring Awareness Radar Trailer) trailer, Stealth Stat speed monitor, and both in-car and hand held RADAR and LIDAR units. 

The Traffic Unit actively participates in traffic safety programs and national enforcement campaigns throughout the year. These include the Click It or Ticket and You Drink, You Drive, You Lose, enforcement campaigns. We also oversee the multi-agency holiday D.U.I. coordinated corridor patrol called “Provide a Safe Run on Rt.21” designated to detect impaired motorists. 

The Unit is involved in the Major Crash Assistance Team of Lake County (M.C.A.T), the Lake County Traffic Management Association (T.M.A.) and the Buffalo Grove Traffic Management Committee (T.M.C.). 


The Buffalo Grove Police department has been recognized at the state and national level 41 times for its traffic safety programs. These awards include 1st place in the International Chief’s of Police (I.A.C.P.) Championship Category 2003 and the Clayton J. Hall Memorial Award (Top traffic safety program in the nation) 2007. 

Events & Programs

In order to address our community's traffic safety concerns, the Buffalo Grove Traffic Unit offers the following traffic safety events and programs: 
  • Bike rodeos
  • Good biker programs
  • S.T.O.P. (Selective Traffic Offense Program)
  • S.T.E.P. (Selective Traffic Enforcement Program)
  • Hot Spot/Traffic Concern program
  • Traffic safety proclamations
  • Seat belt safety programs
  • Participation in national traffic safety programs
  • Child safety seat inspections
  • School-based traffic safety programs (drivers education)
  • School Crossing Guards
  • Second Division vehicle (truck) enforcement