It is the responsibility of the Byron Police Department's uniformed Patrol Division to respond to calls for service through the 9-1-1 system, as well as medical emergencies.
The Patrol Division is by far the largest and most visible component of the Byron Police Department. Generally, the patrol officer is the first Byron Police Department employee you will encounter regardless of the problem or situation.
When not responding to calls for service, officers of the uniformed Patrol Division aggressively patrol their zones to ensure the safety of the citizens in the city. Assignments within the uniformed Patrol Division include, but are not limited to: Patrol, STEP, and ICE/K9.
Due to the high volume of emergency 911 calls received by the city, some calls may be handled by other specialized units allowing for uniformed patrol officers to remain in service to handle priority calls.
If you are in need of emergency police assistance, do not hesitate to call 911. Assistance will be provided as soon as possible!
For non-emergency police assistance during normal business hours (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM), call the Byron Police at 478-956-2880. Any other time, call 911.
Specialized Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP)
The Byron Police Department (Byron PD) is fortunate enough to have a dedicated Specialized Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP). This unit is comprised of two officers of the uniformed Patrol Division.
A major goal of this unit is the reduction of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) offenses and aggressive driving. Tailgating, speeding, and cutting off other drivers ("road rage") are examples of common aggressive driving behaviors.
All officers assigned to the Specialized Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) are required to participate in educational and community awareness programs throughout the year. These programs consist of presentations to the student bodies of local Peach County middle schools and high schools on Teen Driving Safety and the "Newly Licensed" program.
These officers also educate the public about properly buckling up children and the use of child safety restraints (car seats). The officers attend safety fairs hosted by civic organizations and make other presentations as requested. This unit coordinates its efforts with the local chapters of MADD, SADD, and Safe Kids of Georgia.
The STEP officers stringently enforce laws related to proper safety restraint usage for adults and children, laws governing speed enforcement, and impaired and aggressive driving. Each officer is armed with materials to educate Byron's citizens and visitors about the laws related to each of these areas.
One the STEP officers' key duties is to respond to traffic complaints. For example, if there is an area in the city where drivers are consistently ignoring traffic law, residents are encouraged to call and report these unlawful actions to the Byron PD. The STEP officers will respond to the residents' calls by increasing police visibility in these specified areas. Observed unlawful actions will result in traffic citations.
During holiday seasons, the Specialized Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) officers are required to participate in specialized patrols. These patrols, commonly referred to as "task forces," operate under adjusted hours and crack down on the impaired and dangerous drivers. It is these drivers who place hundreds of innocent lives in peril every year. The STEP officers will aggressively monitor speed and seat belt usage. These task forces will hold joint road checks and combined concentrated patrols on connecting Interstate, Georgia highways, and city streets throughout our jurisdiction during these holiday periods. The STEP unit also participates in traffic enforcement events sponsored by the Governors Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), as well as those hosted by other rural neighboring cities.
The STEP unit recognizes that education and enforcement must go hand-in-hand if we are to be successful in reducing the number of serious injury and fatality motor vehicle crashes on our roadways. The STEP unit is tasked with investigating all fatal motor vehicle crashes, responding to serious injury crashes, and investigating and reviewing all hit-and-run accidents.
Each patrol vehicle assigned to the Specialized Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) is equipped with state-of-the-art speed detection equipment such as LIDAR (laser), mobile data terminals, and digital recording cameras. The camera equipment is installed for officer safety purposes and evidence documentation.
Each STEP officer has received extensive formal training in the various areas of traffic enforcement.
Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Unit
The Byron Police Department's Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Unit was established in 2009, upon receipt of a grant award. The ICE Unit is made up of two uniformed police officers who have received extensive formalized training and specialize in various types of criminal investigations. Each officer has been assigned Belgian Malinois K-9 partners. These very valuable and highly trained K-9s are nationally certified in detecting narcotics.
The ICE Unit routinely makes contact with major criminals while performing daily traffic enforcement and involve both passenger and commercial class vehicles. Through the use of professional roadside tactics and techniques, these officers have the knowledge and skill necessary to recognize indicators of suspicious terrorist/criminal activity as they interact with these subjects, who are most vulnerable while in transit.
The officers often assist other units within the department, as many investigations overlap in the areas they cover. Narcotics investigations are continuous, and the unit is fortunate to have established professional working relationships with the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Marshals Office, the United States Secret Service, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and other state and local agencies. The ICE unit officers respond to other agencies' requests for assistance due to their skill and training.
The ICE Unit has the resources necessary to respond quickly and professionally to assist their local area. Each patrol vehicle assigned in the ICE Unit is equipped with state of the art equipment, such as speed detection devices, LIDAR (laser), detection tools, mobile data terminals, and digital cameras.
The officers assigned to the Unit are required to participate in educational and community awareness programs throughout the year. These programs consist of presentations to heighten awareness of the negative effects of drugs and alcohol abuse to the student bodies of local Peach County middle and high schools. Duties also include participating in safety fairs hosted by civic organizations and delivering presentations, as requested.
During holiday seasons, the ICE Unit officers are required to participate in specialized patrols. These patrols, commonly referred to as "task forces," operate under adjusted hours and crack down on the impaired and dangerous drivers. It is these drivers who place hundreds of innocent lives in peril every year. These task forces will hold joint road checks and combined concentrated patrols on connecting Interstate, Georgia highways, and city streets throughout our jurisdiction during these holiday periods. The Traffic unit also participates in traffic enforcement events sponsored by the Governors Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), as well as those hosted by other rural neighboring cities. Education and law enforcement must work hand-in-hand if we are to be successful in reducing the number of serious injury and fatal motor vehicle crashes on our roadways.
These officers are the "eyes and ears" of our community, as well as this Nation. The sale of illegal drugs has been directly linked to numerous terrorist organizations throughout the world. It is vital to our local and national security interests, since the drug/terrorist problem in America is so prolific and such a threat to the American public that it warrants our complete attention.
In 2009, the Byron Police Department acquired two European imported Belgian Malinois police dogs that were trained in narcotics detection by K-9 Global Training Academy. This acquisition was made possible through a Federal Grant Program and with the use of drug funds resulting from seizures by the Byron Police Department. The K-9s are assigned to the Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Unit.
K-9 Unit Demonstrations. The Byron Police Department K-9 Unit frequently provides demonstrations to the public. These demonstrations showcase many of the unit’s capabilities and are usually arranged for schools and various organizations. To schedule a public demonstration, drug awareness talk, or narcotics canine sweep, send an email note to Officer Lee Smith (email@example.com or click here).
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Speed Monitoring Awareness RADAR Trailer (SMART)
Our SMART Trailer program is provided by the Byron Police Department as a service to our community.
SMART trailers have been used in the city for several years and are very popular. The use of a SMART trailer is one of the proactive methods we use in response to traffic complaints in residential areas. When our Traffic Enforcement Unit receives complaints about speeding traffic, one of the ways we respond is to do a traffic flow study using a SMART trailer.
The trailer is placed in a conspicuous place for two to three days. During this period, the trailer records data to include the number of vehicles passing by its location, the time of day, and the high and low speeds. The trailer also calculates the average speed of all passing vehicles. All of this information is then printed out on an easy-to-read report which includes graphical displays.
As a vehicle approaches the trailer, its speed is displayed in large numbers. It has been widely observed that the majority of vehicles passing the trailer are well within the speed limit, with only a few vehicles causing the majority of the complaints. By pinpointing the time these violations occur, we are able to schedule selective enforcement during those times.
The trailer is also utilized in areas of frequent traffic-related accidents and speeding offenses. This trailer is designed to inform motorists of their speed as it relates to the posted speed limit.
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