The traffic team is overseen by the Uniform Operations Bureau Captain and a sergeant, and directly supervised by a corporal. The traffic team, when fully staffed, consists of seven full-time officers. These officers focus their time on traffic enforcement, conducting vehicle stops and issuing warnings and citations. They also work the primary hours and locations where crashes occur the most to prevent those crashes and respond to crashes to complete crash reports. The traffic team is also called out to investigate serious injury crashes and fatal crashes.
The Joplin Police Department Facebook page highlights traffic safety in a weekly Traffic Tip Tuesday spot. Each week informative posts educate our citizens about traffic laws and safe practices.