NYSACOP TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING
Agenda
April 14, 2022, 9:30 A.M. (Zoom)

  • Meeting Called to Order - 10:30 AM
  • Roll CallChief Joseph Sinagra, Inspector David Regina, Director of Public Safety Richard Tantalo, Chief (ret.) Daniel Denz (NYSACOP Traffic Safety Services Coordinator), Chief (ret.) Michael Geraci (NYSACOP TSOL), Assistant Chief (ret.) William Georges (NYSACOP TSOL & TSC Chairman).
All present and accounted for.

 

  • Committee’s acknowledgement and welcome to Monroe County Director of Public Safety Richard Tantalo on his appointment as a Member of the Traffic Safety Committee.

 

  • Approval of March 10, 2022 Committee Meeting Minutes:

Motion: Chief Sinagra
2nd : Inspector Regina

 

  • Updates/Status on Previous Agenda Topics:
    • NYS TAP Committee/DRE Issues:

Inspector Regina stated that there was nothing new to report from the NY TAP Committee; he did report that the summer DRE Class scheduled for Long Island was filling up quickly and the current interviews being conducted during the selection process are revealing that the potential candidates are of high quality.

TSC Chair Georges relayed that there was a new DRE School posted this week.  Phases I + II are scheduled to be held in Plattsburg, NY July 18-28, 2022 with Phase III practical exercises scheduled in Philadelphia, PA August 7-14, 2022.

 

    • GTSC Motorcycle Enforcement and Commercial Motor Vehicle Training Courses - March 2022:

TSC Chair Georges reported that he and TSSC Denz attended the Motorcycle Enforcement Class on March 22, 2022, and the CMV Training Course March 23, 2022; both at the Erie County Police Academy.  TSOL Geraci attended the Motorcycle Enforcement Class, which was held on March 23, 2022, in Utica, NY.  Both classes were well attended and well presented.

 

    • GTSC Distracted Driving Press Event, April 2022:

TSOL Geraci reported that he attended the event which was held in Colonie, NY.  It was not a traditional press event.  There were 2 local news reporters that attended who spoke to those present and were allowed to participate in an actual drive course conducted by the Colonie Police Department.  General interest in Distracted Driving events is clearly declining.  We need to be vigilant for high profile crashes involving distracted driving for potential outreach efforts.

 

    • ESLETS Conference, April 6 + 7, 2022:

TSC Chair Georges acknowledged all members of the NYSACOP TSC were in attendance.  There was discussion on the event’s presentations.  All agreed the Conference was an overall success, with the NYSACOP Traffic Safety Panel being one of the cornerstones of the event.   We feel that a critique of the event should occur in the near future and initiate discussions for next year’s conference.

 

    • GTSC Police Traffic Services Grants Training Webinar:

TSSC Denz and TSOL Geraci reported on the webinar, which was held March 29, 2022.  The event was attended by over 120 people and appeared to be helpful to potential grant applicants. We will make a request for this event to be conducted annually and will suggest other possible formats.

 

    • Meeting with DCJS Staff re: Traffic Safety Training Courses:

TSC Chair Georges reported that TSSC Denz, TSOL Geraci and he met with DCJS Training Rep, Matthew Slater (via zoom).  Mr. Slater informed us that most of the traffic safety training handled by DCJS occurs in the Basic Police Academy setting, whereas GTCS takes the lead for in-service classes for veteran officers.  However, one area of interest for DCJS, and where he asked for NYSACOP’s help was in recruiting officers to attend the DCJS sponsored SFST Refresher Courses.

 

    • MADD National Law Enforcement Support Newsletter:
TSC Chair Georges reported that he authored an article for the March edition of the above.

 

    • Webinar for National Law Enforcement Liaison Program:

TSC Chair Georges is working on coordinating an instructional webinar with GHSA National LEL Coordinator Tim Burrows

 

    • Annual New York State Law Enforcement Recognition Awards:

TSC Chair Georges reported that per our request, Chief Michael Woods of Colonie PD represented NYSACOP at the event. Chief Woods relayed that the event went well. We extend our thanks to Chiefs Woods for representing NYSACOP.

 

    • Traffic Safety Engagement and Equity in Enforcement Programs:

Nothing to report at this time.

 

  • New Business:
    • NYSACOP Traffic Safety Position Statement and Talking Points:

TSC Chair Georges reported that the NYSACOP Traffic Safety Position Statement and Talking Points were officially approved at the NYSACOP Board Meeting which was held March 11, 2022.  The documents have been released to the membership, posted on the NYSACOP Website, and have been sent to the IACP.  Other state LE organizations have also received, or are asking to receive copies of them to assist in drafting similar statements for their respective entities.

 

    • Traffic Safety Sessions (2) at NYSACOP 2022 Annual Conference:

TSC Chair Georges reported that we are set for two Traffic Safety presentations at the NYSACOP Conference in July; one for the Executive Training Track, and one for the General Session; both scheduled for Tuesday July 26, 2022.

 

    • GTSC LEL Personnel Changes:

TSC Chair Georges reported that the NYSP LEL assigned to GTSC, Sgt. Todd Engwer, is slated to retire at the end of April.  NYSP has not announced a replacement as of this meeting.

 

    • Traffic Safety Points of Contact (POC) Future Initiatives:

TSC Chair Georges reported that we have a robust network of POC’s in place.  The future goal is for TSSC Denz, TSOL Geraci, and TSC Chair Georges to engage them at in-person meetings across the state.

 

    • Updates on Traffic Safety Activities and Training Courses:

TSC Georges reiterated the DRE Course scheduled for Plattsburg in July and commented on the DRE Courtroom Testimony Class hosted by Mary Tanner-Richter in Amherst, NY.

TSSC Denz reported that he is currently slated to conduct a presentation on roadway evacuations during storm events at the TIMPosium, hosted by the TIM Steering Committee, which is scheduled for July 23, 2022.  More to follow.

 

  • Follow-up Activities/Assignments:
    • Schedule re: Future TSC Meetings

Discussion on the date and time of the next TSC Meeting.  It was unanimously agreed to schedule it for Wednesday May 11, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. via Zoom.

 

    • TSC Meetings with Traffic Safety Partners/Guests:

Chief Sinagra suggested that the TSC invite a representative from NYCDOT to discuss eBikes; all agreed that it was a good idea; Chief Sinagra to take the lead on extending the invitation.

 

    • NYSACOP TSC – Recruitment, Diversity and Succession Plan:

TSC Chair Georges relayed that he had 2 potential candidates he was going to vet and then report back to TSC.  He also stated he was going to research if there is any existence of documentation relating to the official structure of the NYSACOP Traffic Safety Committee and attempt to determine if it is a requirement that an individual must be a NYSACOP member to be a participant on the Committee.

TSSC Denz suggested conducting a TSC recruitment drive through the NYSACOP Bulletins, Intersections Articles, and the Annual NYSACOP Conference. All thought it was a good suggestion, but actual implementation is premature at this time.

 

    • Suggestions re: Topics for “Intersections” and podcasts:

Nothing at this time.

 

    • Other:

Nothing at this time.

 

  • Date of Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 11th @ 11:00 A.M. (Zoom)

 

  • Adjourn:

Motion: Chief Sinagra
2nd: Director of Public Safety Richard Tantalo

 

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