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The Bakersfield Police Department is committed to professional service which improves community safety and the quality of life by developing partnerships that promote efficient and innovative crime prevention, intervention and law enforcement service.




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Traffic Detail

The traffic office is located in the police building at 1601 Truxtun Avenue (Truxtun Avenue and "H" Street).  You may email your Traffic related questions and concerns to Bakersfield Police Department Traffic Section at or call 327-7111

Traffic Section's Educational Program:
The Bakersfield Police Department Traffic Section provides an educational program which focuses on teen drivers. It is entitled "A Life Interrupted" and is available to schools, youth organizations and other civic groups. The program has made a tremendous impact on our local high school aged youth.

Find out how you can have this program presented to your organization and visit "A Life Interrupted Website".

The main functions of the Traffic Section are:

In order to be assigned to the Traffic Section, officers must have a minimum of three years of experience with our department. Upon transfer to the Traffic Section, officers are given 80 hours of traffic training by a field training officer. Officers in the Traffic Section are assigned to the following areas:

Motorcycle Patrol

Motorcycle Patrol
Motorcycle officers must complete an extensive 80 hour motorcycle training course. After completing the course they are assigned to either the day shift or the afternoon shift as a motor officer.

Motor officers focus their attention on the high traffic areas on the city. Their purpose is to reduce the accident rate, making our city a safer place to drive. In response to citizen concerns, motor officers are given special assignments in areas or neighborhoods that develop traffic problems. They often work in conjunction with traffic engineering or other community components to solve these problems.

Hit and Run

Officers assigned to the Hit and Run Detail are responsible for follow up investigation on all hit-and-run accidents in the city. They also review all hit-and-run reports completed by the traffic officers and motorcycle officers.

Impound Hearing Officer

We have one senior officer who is responsible for the hearings we conduct on 30-day impounds of vehicles. 

Abandoned Vehicles on City Streets
The traffic section is responsible for the removal of abandoned vehicles from city streets. The Bakersfield Municipal Code requires vehicles to not to be left on any public street or alley for longer than 72 consecutive hours. Vehicles left in excess of 72 hours may be towed and stored. To report an abandoned vehicle on a city street which is not causing an immediate hazard, or call 327-7111.

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