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Updated on September 4th, 2022

This is an individual event. Competitors will simulate a traffic stop related to a misdemeanor traffic violation. Students will utilize one (1) patrol vehicle to conduct a traffic stop on a violator vehicle in the simulation. Students will demonstrate their skills through proper radio communications, verbal commands and execute the traffic stop based upon contemporary applicable skills. The event will be timed and evaluated according to the event guidelines. To encourage students to develop the skill sets, communication skills and safety precautions required by police officers as they conduct a traffic stop. Students will be able to demonstrate safety skills, proper communication, to include de-escalation techniques, professional interpersonal skills and the completion of a traffic citation.


Dress Code

Competitors shall wear a uniform consistent with current standards in law enforcement patrol as defined in TPSA policies. The student shall wear a duty belt throughout the duration of this event.

Individuals Information

Team Limit
3
# Individuals per Chapter

Materials

Competitors are required to provide the following materials for the duration of the competitive event. Additionally, no additional materials may be used that are not in the material list.

  • Photo Identification qt. 1

    Reference https://tpsa.info/policies for more information

  • Black Ink Pen qt. 1
  • Clipboard (For Citations) qt. 1
  • TPSA Citation qt. 1

    (located on website)

Policies

  • Competitors in this event must be active members of the Texas Public Safety Association and in good standing with the Texas Public Safety Association.
  • Competitors must be familiar with and adhere to the Texas Public Safety Association Bylaws and Code of Conduct.
  • Plagiarism, copyright violation and falsification of information are prohibited. Any attempt to gain an unfair advantage will not be tolerated. Violation of the code of conduct or bylaws will result in disqualification and revocation of Texas Public Safety Association membership.
  • The scenario is a secret topic. Professional ethics demand that competitors DO NOT discuss or reveal the secret topic until after the event has concluded. Violation of the ethics rules will result in disqualification and revocation of Texas Public Safety Association membership.
  • The room monitor will set a timer for ten(10) minutes. Upon the call of start the moderator will start the timer and the competitor will contact dispatch to advise of the traffic stop.
  • The room moderator will call “time” when the 10 minute timer sounds. Competitors who have not completed the traffic stop when time is called will receive a “DNF/DQ”. Teams who receive a “DNF/DQ” will place behind teams who complete the event in the allotted time period. Teams who receive a “DNF/DQ” shall not advance to state competition regardless of the amount of teams participating in the competition.
  • Students will be judged on proper radio procedures, officer safety, weapons safety, officer/citizen contact, accuracy and thoroughness of completed citation.
  • There will be 1 actor (suspect) and the scenario will remain constant for each competitor.
  • A physical address or description and the offense will be provided to each competitor so they can relay proper information to dispatch
  • Judge(s) have final decision on all judging criteria
  • All vehicles will be put in place, no student is allowed to operate any of the vehicles.
  • This event will not require the actor to exit the vehicle.
  • Failure to bring a TPSA citation will result in DQ.

Procedures

  1. Competitor(s)/Team(s) will report to their respective event when called for or at a set reporting time.
  2. Competitor(s)/Team(s) must check in with event management upon arrival and present photo identification for verification.
  3. Competitor(s)/Team(s) will be directed (by room moderator) into the event room.
  4. Instructions will be given (by room moderator) to the Competitor(s)/Team(s).
  5. The Judge will brief each student on the scenario, providing a good physical address students can use during radio communications.
  6. Upon the call of “start” the competitor will contact dispatch.
  7. Competitors will conduct the traffic stop and time will end once the competitor has advised dispatch of their disposition.
  8. Competitors will return to their staging area once the event has concluded.

People

  • Event Managerqt. 1
  • Event Moderatorqt. 1
  • Judgeqt. 1
  • Event Assistantqt. 1
  • Actorqt. 1

Supplies

  • Patrol Vehicle equipped with light bar/ siren/ PA system qt. 1
  • Civilian Vehicle qt. 1

Space/Location/Rooms

  • Concrete Area Outdoor

    Concrete outdoor area with enough room to accommodate a patrol vehicle and a civilian vehicle in a standard traffic stop. This event will be conducted outdoors regardless of weather conditions.


Event Name
Traffic Stop
ScoringPlacement
Point BasedHighest Score Wins
Required Criteria

Disqualification

Competitors/Teams must meet the following minimum criteria. Failure to meet criteria will result in disqualification.

Competitor MUST provide the printed TPSA citation
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Radio Procedures

Notification of stop to dispatch05
Use05
Clarity05
Advised dispatch appropriate vehicle information/description05

Emergency Equipment

Utilized Emergency Lighting01

Vehicle Approach

Exited the vehicle in a timely manner after notification of stop05
Safe approach to vehicle on initial contact05
Checked to make sure trunk was closed05

Violator Contact

Officer requested proper documents from the violator05
Officer’s verbal contact was clear and understandable05
Officer identified him/herself05
Officer advised the violator of the reason for the stop05
Officer had the violator keep hands in view at all times05
Proper officer temperament05

Return to Patrol Vehicle

Safe return to patrol vehicle05
Proper radio contact with dispatch05
Requested driver’s license check05
Requested warrants check05
Requested vehicle return05

Citation

Completion05
Accuracy05
Legibility05

Re-approach to Violator Vehicle

Safe approach to vehicle05
Explained the citation to violator05
Had violator sign citation and explained the signature is not an admission of guilt05

Safety

Officer maintain weapon safety (gun side away) during violator contact05
Officer minimize his/her exposure during violator contact05
Officer checked his/her surroundings for safety during entire event05

Conclusion

Safe return to patrol vehicle05
Advised dispatcher of disposition05
Officer was courteous during the entire stop05
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