NYSACOP TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING

Minutes

August 10, 2021

 Meeting Called to Order                                                                                                                                                                                      

  • Meeting Called to Order by the Chair @11am via (Zoom)

Roll call:  Chief Joseph Sinagra - Present, Deputy Inspector David Regina - Present, Chief (ret.) Michael Geraci (NYSACOP Traffic Safety Services Coordinator) - Present, Chief (ret.) Daniel Denz (NYSACOP TSOL) - Present, Assistant Chief (ret.) William Georges (NYSACOP TSOL & TSC Chairman) - Present.

Approval of July 13th Committee Meeting Minutes.

Motion by Chief Sinagra, 2nd by Deputy Insp. Regina - Approved.

Updates/Status on Previous Agenda Topics:

  • NYS TAP Committee (D/Insp. Regina) 

Inspector Regina is the Association’s TAP Committee representative.  He reports that he will attend the Committee’s next meeting in Syracuse, NY on November 15-16.  He also reports that DRE evaluations have been taking place in Philadelphia instead of Arizona and Florida.  Philadelphia is more convenient and economical and has been getting good logistical reviews by the DRE’s.

  • IACP DAID Conference, Orlando, FL, August 14-16, 2021 (Mike)

No members of the Traffic Safety Committee are available to attend the Conference however, we are sponsoring a member of the Suffolk County PD Highway Patrol Division to attend.  The officer will be selected by D.I. Regina.

  • GHSA Conference, Denver CO, September 11-15, 2021 (All) 

The Traffic Safety Committee will be represented as in attendance will be Chief Sinagra, Chief Denz and Deputy Inspector Regina.

  • ESLETS Conference, 2022 Date TBD (Mike, Bill & Dan)

No additional updates at this time.  NYSACOP will continue to be represented on the planning committee. 

  • TRACS Webinar (Mike & Dan)

We have had on-going discussions with Sgt. Hedges NYSP regarding the webinar.  He has agreed to conduct the webinar in September, some time after Labor Day.  We will continue to work with him and GTSC to confirm a date and work out related logistics.

New Business: 
  • NYS STOP-DWI Association Training – High in Plain Sight (Mike) 

We voiced our concern to GTSC regarding this training as it does not appear to be directly related to traffic safety.  The training is also being announced / promoted by DCJS that further demonstrates the need for communication / coordination between DCJS / GTSC. 

  • NIJ Report on Field Sobriety Tests and THC Levels Unreliable Indicators for Marijuana Impairment (Bill) 

The results of NIJ’s report regarding the unreliability of SFST’s for marijuana was a surprise as there was no advance notice of the pending report release that we are aware of.  The Chair will raise our impact concerns with the IACP Highway Safety Committee and will keep the committee informed of additional related developments. 

  • DDACTS 2.0 Training (Dan)

On August 4 and 5, 2021, TSOL Dan Denz attended Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety; (DDACTS 2.0), in Syracuse, New York.  The workshop was presented by the training staff of the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADELEST). There were officers from 5 local police departments, along with deputies from 10 county sheriffs’ offices also in attendance, as well as representatives of the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

 The goal of the training was to give law enforcement strategies to re-energize traffic engagement which has seen a significant decline since the COVID pandemic, thereby increasing traffic safety and reducing criminal activity.  

 The focus revolved around the need for law enforcement to have a paradigm shift for measuring successful operations from “Outputs” (catching people doing illegal things-gaged by numbers of traffic tickets and arrests) to “Outcomes” (gaged by the reduction of overall social harms through education, voluntary compliance, and deterrence).  To complete this paradigm shift, High Visibility Engagement is no longer strictly measured in terms of enforcement, and there must be a significant community collaboration component established before a DDACS operational program is launched.  Partnerships must be formed with local stakeholders within areas determined to be traffic safety and crime “Hot-spots” and community “buy-in” is essential to be successful. 

  • GTSC Strategic Planning Meeting (Bill and Mike)

On September 22 we will be having a meeting at DMV with the GTSC leadership and GTSC program representatives.   The purpose of the meeting is to have an open forum to discuss NYSACOP / GTSC activities and to identify potential future initiatives that will have the potential to enhance our joint efforts and maximize the benefits of traffic safety programs.

  • IACP Highway Safety Committee (Bill)

The Chair attended the Committee’s July meeting in D.C.  The meeting focused on traffic safety in today’s environment. Outcomes included a commitment from the Committee to develop an IACP Resolution on the importance of traffic safety.   There was an extensive discussion regarding High Visibility Enforcement and the lack of a consistent meaning.  Likewise, there was discussion about transitioning to a concept of High Visibility Engagement versus just Enforcement.

The NYSACOP TSC agrees that there is a need for us to develop a related position statement for NYSACOP review, approval, and publication.

  •  GHSA Report, Equity in Highway Safety Enforcement and Engagement Programs (Mike and Bill)

GHSA published a new report regarding equity in traffic enforcement:  

https://www.ghsa.org/resources/Equity-in-Highway-Safety-Enforcement-and-Engagement21

Further discussions will occur regarding the release of this report and the resulting conflicting messages to law enforcement. 

  • Updates on Traffic Safety Engagement Activities and Training Courses (Bill, Mike & Dan).

We are supporting / promoting DRE Courtroom training to be held in Albany, September 29-30.   It is being presented by Albany County ADA Mary Tanner-Richter and is intended solely for current DRE’s and prosecutors.

August 17 is the Labor Day kickoff event taking place at the Albany Medical Center.  As compared to almost all previous campaign kickoffs, this event is not law enforcement driven, the medical community will have the lead role.  NYSACOP does not have a speaking role.  Dan Denz is our POC for this event.

We are monitoring the impacts of Buffalo PD disbanding their Traffic Division. 

Follow-up Activities/Assignments: 
  • Schedule re: Future TSC Meetings (All).

The September meeting will take place in person, TBD.  October meeting is in question, November via Zoom and December to coincide with the NYSACOP Board meeting.   Details to be announced when available.

  • TSC Meetings with Traffic Safety Partners/Guests (All). 

The next in-person partners meeting will most likely take place in December. 

  • NYSACOP TSC – Recruitment, Diversity and Succession Plan (All) 

The Chair reminded all members to continually search for potential members. We are mindful of the need to diversify. 

  • Suggestions re: Topics for “Intersections” and podcasts (All) 

The Chair reiterated the need for authored publication contributors

 Other

  • Deputy Insp. Regina will be attending / presenting at the NYS Traffic Safety Board meeting in Albany on August 12. 
  • Date of Next Meeting, Tuesday, September 21 (Location and time TBD)

 Adjourn

  • Motion to adjourn by Chief Sinagra, 2nd by Chief Denz, Meeting adjourned at 12:03pm

 Mission Statement

 Assist our members in enhancing traffic safety services to reduce crash related fatalities, injuries and economic loss, while also providing additional positive outcomes resulting in safer roadways and communities.