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Traffic Section

The Traffic Section is comprised of five individual units: The Motor (Motorcycle) Unit, The Parking Enforcement Unit, The Hack Inspector’s Office, Special Events Unit and The School Crossing guard Unit.

Police Motors

Motor Unit 

The Motorcycle Unit, or Motor Unit as it is commonly referred to, has a staff of nine Police Officers, one Sergeant. 

The Motor Unit’s primary responsibility is enforcement of Traffic Laws and rapid police response in emergency situations of all kinds. The Unit supervisor serves as a contact for citizens reporting traffic problems in their neighborhood. Traffic complaints are assigned to Officers in the Unit who assess the nature of the complaint on location and determine the best course of action to resolve the situation. 

Motor Officers are the primary providers of funeral and VIP escorts in the City. These escorts are provided to ensure the safe passage and conduct of vehicles and pedestrians as they travel through the City to their destinations. Officers in the Unit are also commonly relied on to provide specialized patrols for special events, foot races and parades. 

Officers of the Motor Unit also manage major traffic emergencies such as the temporary closure of main roadways and the detouring of traffic due to water main breaks and major crash situations. 

Each officer assigned to the Motor Unit receives extensive specialized training in motorcycle operations, Speed Detection using RADAR and LIDAR and traffic enforcement. Select officers also have attained instructor status in motorcycle operations, RADAR and LIDAR Operations and Crash Reconstruction. 

The Supervisor of the Motor Unit serves as the primary contact for citizens requesting selective enforcement for traffic problems, especially speed enforcement. The supervisor also addresses requests for Mobile Speed Sign deployments. 

Parking Enforcement Unit 

The Parking Enforcement Unit has an authorized strength of twenty-six Parking Enforcement Officers, two Parking enforcement Supervisors and one Police Sergeant.

The Parking Enforcement Unit is primarily responsible for enforcing parking regulations including: Meters, Residential Parking Zones, City Decal Enforcement, Disabled Parking Restrictions, Tour Bus Parking Restrictions, 72 Hour Parking Restrictions and other parking regulations. Parking Enforcement Officers detect vehicles with excessive unpaid parking fines. Vehicles with excessive unpaid parking fines may be immobilized with a "Boot" device or towed.

Parking Enforcement Officers, also known as PEOs, assist in police operations involving special events, major crashes and other traffic emergencies. Motorists will also encounter PEOs working Gridlock Reduction posts at selected intersections during the evening traffic rush period. They also serve as School Crossing Guards as needed.

Parking enforcement is a shared responsibility with uniformed police officers and enforcement can be initiated by either PEOs or police officers.


Hack Inspector 

The Hack Inspector’s Office has a staff of three Hack Inspectors and one Clerical Assistant.

The primary responsibility of the Hack Inspector’s Office is enforcement and regulation of Taxi Company’s, Taxi Drivers and Taxi Cabs operating in the City of Alexandria and at "Reagan" National Airport under City license.

The Hack Inspectors process taxi driver application, test and conduct background investigations of taxi driver applicants, maintains files and records on all applicants and drivers and issues credentials to taxi drivers. The City taxi industry supports over 1000 active drivers at any given time. The Inspectors also manage and investigate complaints reported by customers.

Hack Inspectors conduct vehicle inspections, verify the accuracy of meters installed in taxi cabs and complete the licensing process for taxi cabs operating in Alexandria and under City license at the "Reagan" National Airport.

School Crossing Guard Unit 

The School Crossing Guard Unit is comprised of twenty-five Crossing Guards and one Crossing Guard Supervisor.

School Crossing Guards are selectively posted at points around Elementary Schools in the City to ensure the safety of children and pedestrians crossing streets as they report to and depart from school each day.

These uniformed "Guardian Angels" are a familiar presence to children and parents and many in the Unit have tenures of service to the community that literally spans generations.

The dedicated members of the Crossing Guard Unit are primarily responsible for the posting of perfect safety records year after year in Alexandria.

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Contacts for the Traffic Section 

If you are reporting a parking violation please call 703.746.4444


Captain Shirl Mammarella
Office: (703) 746-6839

Executive Officer

Lieutenant Jerry Newcomb
Office: (703) 746-6747

Supervisor Motor Unit

Sergeant Chuck Seckler
Office: (703) 746-6179

Supervisors Parking Enforcement Unit

Sergeant Daniel Briel
Office: (703) 746-6868

Parking Supervisor Katrina Morris
Office: (703) 746-6868

Parking Supervisor Tina Shrader
Office: (703) 746-6868

Supervisor School Crossing Guard Unit

Supervisor Rose Mackall
Office: (703) 746-6868

Special Events/Hack Inspector’s Office

Sergeant Brian Thompson
Office: (703) 746-6240

Ms. Verndel White, Clerical Assistant
Office: (703) 746-6240