NYPD executives, family and friends joined 140 newly named traffic enforcement agents at One Police Plaza to celebrate their completion of a rigorous 14-week training program. Traffic enforcement agents are uniformed, civilian members of the Department whose work includes directing traffic, clearing pathways for emergency vehicles, controlling busy intersections, and parking enforcement. The new agents will serve an integral role in keeping this city, and other members of the Department safe.
First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker presided over the ceremony and officially welcomed the traffic enforcement agents to the NYPD family. During his remarks, First Deputy Commissioner Tucker highlighted the daunting task these agents face every day:
“As traffic enforcement agents, you will be serving at the front lines of public safety in NYC. 8.5 million New Yorkers will rely on you to keep traffic flowing and to ensure that they get to their destinations safely.”
With the calculated implementation of lifesaving Vision Zero tactics; pedestrian, motorcycle, and bicycle fatalities have dropped significantly. As these traffic enforcement agents begin working throughout the five boroughs, they will be saving lives by continuing to bring the number of traffic fatalities to an all-time low.