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Gillette Police Department unveils new traffic unit to reduce crashes

A new unit unveiled by the Gillette Police Department this week will focus primarily on reducing traffic crashes in city limits.

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GILLETTE, Wyo. — Gillette police are dedicating more resources to cut back on crashes within city limits.

Earlier this week, the Gillette Police Department’s newest unit, a dedicated traffic unit, took to the streets to patrol problem areas identified using a combination of crash data and citizen complaints, according to Deputy Police Chief Brent Wasson. 

As of April 21, the unit has warned numerous motorists and cited six, one of which was stopped and ticketed for speeding at 68 mph near Sinclair Avenue and Tanner Drive, Wasson said, while others were ticketed for traveling 10 mph over the posted speed limit.

“We’ll continue to focus on that and other areas,” Wasson said, adding that officers also patrolled the area around Dalbey Memorial Park but didn’t observe any speeding or other moving violations. 

For the moment, GPD’s traffic unit is comprised of two officers, though the department plans on having three designated traffic officers once open positions have been backfilled, according to Wasson. 

Any resident who wishes to report a potential problem area can call GPD either through 911 or the department’s non-emergency line at (307) 682-5155.

Correction (4/21/2023): According to Gillette Deputy Police Chief Brent Wasson, the new traffic unit focused on reducing the number of crashes in city limits, though the unit will also issue citations for moving violations.

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