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Protecting the Community - Traffic Management


Investigations | Patrol | Specialty Units | Traffic Management Unit

A select group of officers, the Traffic Management Unit's goal is to insure that the streets of Leawood are safe for residents and nonresidents alike.

The Traffic Management unit includes three traffic officers driving patrol cars, who are certified crash investigators and respond to the majority of the crashes that occur in the city.

2015 Harleys

In 1999 the unit added three officers on Harley Davidson motorcycles who are most visibly seen enforcing traffic laws, particularly in problem and complaint areas. Traffic Unit officers also assist with such safety programs as child safety seat installations, vehicle checkpoints and Operation Impact events.

PD Speeed TrailerIn addition to the manpower in the Traffic Safety Unit, the Leawood Police Department has a couple of speed awareness devices that can rotated among various speed complaint areas. The most visible is a radar speed trailer that serves to educate motorists of their speed, alerting them to slow down if they are exceeding the speed limit. The device also logs vehicle speeds, average speeds and traffic volumes, data that can be statistically reviewed later to determine particular problem time frames. A second, 'stealth' device is not nearly as visible to motorists but is able to record the same types of data as the radar trailer for review by the unit. To request the radar trailer in your neighborhood, please contact the Traffic Sergeant at (913) 663-9332, or by e-mail.

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Hack 2016

Sgt. Mark Hackathorn joined the Leawood Police Department in 1991. Before being promoted to Sergeant in April of 2004, he served as an Evidence Technician, Field Training Officer and helped form the department's Emergency Vehicle Operations (EVOC) Training Program and the department honor guard unit. He has also assisted in coordinating ceremonies for fallen officers throughout the Midwest. Sgt. Hackathorn is a three time recipient of the department's Lifesaving Award and has also received a Bronze Award for Valor from the Metro Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Association. He has a bachelor's degree from Northeast Missouri State University. Contact Sgt. Hackathorn by e-mail.

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