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    SOUTHEAST OAKLAND COUNTY CRASH INVESTIGATION TEAM

    2015 Annual Report

    Chief Doreen Olko Chief Geof Gaudard Chief Gary Mayer

    Director David Hendrickson

    Index

  • Page 2 of 17

    Contents Southeast Oakland County Crash Investigation Team ....................................................... 3

    Team Objectives ................................................................................................................. 3

    Overtime Trend by Member Agency .................................................................................. 4

    Personnel Movement .......................................................................................................... 5

    SOCCIT In-Service Training Sessions: .............................................................................. 6

    Special Response Truck ...................................................................................................... 7

    Specialization ...................................................................................................................... 7

    Equipment ........................................................................................................................... 8

    Training ............................................................................................................................... 9

    Overtime ........................................................................................................................... 10

    Plans for 2015 ................................................................................................................... 10

    Incident Summary ............................................................................................................. 11

    Auburn Hills Financial Commitment……………………………………………………14

    Bloomfield Township Financial Commitment…………………………………………..15

    Troy Financial Commitment…………………………………………………………….16

    Bloomfield Hills Financial Commitment………………………………………………..17

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    Southeast Oakland County Crash Investigation Team

    During the 2015 calendar year the SOCCIT team had 20 team activations. Since the team

    was formed in November of 2010, the team has handled 77 investigations. The team has

    several new members as some have rotated out and others have been promoted to new

    responsibilities. Investigations are continuing to be conducted with quality and

    efficiency. The team uses the principles of effective traffic incident management to

    thoroughly investigate the crash while causing as minimal a disruption to traffic as

    possible. The SOCCIT team continues to train together regularly and has hosted

    investigators from outside agencies during our in-service training dates.

    Team Objectives

    Reduction of overtime: We believe we can reduce the overtime load on a single agency

    when a fatal crash occurs by combining resources. The sharing of investigators from all

    four communities increases the likelihood of personnel being on duty, therefore, reducing

    the need to call investigators in on overtime. In addition, sharing the costs across all four

    (4) agencies when overtime is needed decreases the burden of any single agency for an

    event.

    Reduction of time spent on the roadway: The presence of on duty personnel means the

    crash investigation starts faster and is completed with less impact on the surrounding

    community due to lane or roadway closures. The use of advanced technology (Total

    Station) means a higher quality investigation can be completed faster than traditional

    measuring options.

    Skill use: Investigators will get more opportunities to utilize the highly technical skills

    they have been trained in. The team has utilized ‘peer review’ of incidents to insure

    accuracy.

    One of the fundamental objectives of the multi-agency team is the reduction of overtime

    for crash investigation team activations. We believe we have met this objective.

    Utilizing a combination of on duty personnel, as well as sharing the call out costs has

    allowed us to keep costs down. In 2014 there were 15 team activations within all three

    communities. The total overtime cost to all agencies was $10,697.05. In 2015 there were

    20 team activations within the four communities. The total overtime costs for all

    agencies was $10,777.77. This is a .7% decrease in overtime spent on crash

    investigation. The five (5) additional team activations represents a 25% increase from

    2014. The Team continues to save overtime money with the utilization of on-duty

    resources, when available.

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    Overtime Trend by Member Agency

    3958.31

    21273.16

    $10,352.96 $10,697.05 $10,777.77

    0

    5000

    10000

    15000

    20000

    25000

    2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

    Total Overtime Cost

    $1,879.77

    $3,298.29

    $2,047.19 $1,976.10

    $2,728.53

    $0.00

    $500.00

    $1,000.00

    $1,500.00

    $2,000.00

    $2,500.00

    $3,000.00

    $3,500.00

    2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

    Overtime: Auburn Hills

  • Page 5 of 17

    Personnel Movement

    Several of our team members were promoted or moved on to new assignments in 2015.

    As a result several officers were assigned to the team in their place.

    Troy

    Frank Shuler was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to patrol.

    Officers Triner and Hunter joined the team.

    Bloomfield Township

    Matt Hill was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to patrol.

    $682.72

    $11,961.65

    $5,997.00 $6,251.72 $5,383.00

    $0.00

    $2,000.00

    $4,000.00

    $6,000.00

    $8,000.00

    $10,000.00

    $12,000.00

    $14,000.00

    2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

    Overtime: Troy

    $1,395.78

    $6,013.22

    $2,308.77

    $3,581.37

    $2,585.52

    $0.00

    $1,000.00

    $2,000.00

    $3,000.00

    $4,000.00

    $5,000.00

    $6,000.00

    $7,000.00

    2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

    Overtime: Bloomfield Township

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    Craig Shackelford retired from the police department.

    Kelly Marthen moved to a new assignment as Community Liaison Officer

    Matt Follman was assigned to the K9 unit.

    Sergeant Kim Comerford and Officers Shoemaker and Sherwood have been

    assigned to the team. Officer Murphy will be joining the team in March of 2016.

    SOCCIT In-Service Training Sessions:

    The SOCCIT team conducted in service training as a unit on four (4) separate dates in

    2015.

    April 22nd.

    The topic was a night photography exercise facilitated by MSP Reconstructionist

    Sergeant Chad Lindstrum.

    May 27th

    Sgt. Eftink covered common equations used in the reconstruction of crash scenes. The

    class included numerous exercises for team members to complete.

    September 24th

    Team forms and the Protocol packet were reviewed and updated.

    October 22nd

    This training date was focused on Total Station familiarization and practice. In addition

    all team members were provided an overview of the Special Response Truck. All Troy

    team members were certified to drive the vehicle as well as a couple of members from

    Auburn Hills.

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    Special Response Truck

    In 2015 the Troy Police Department put into service the Special Response Truck. This

    vehicle was obtained from the Troy Fire Department. The primary use of this vehicle is

    for the Troy Tactical Response Team. However, SOCCIT has been authorized to use the

    vehicle and Troy is now keeping their crash investigation equipment on the truck. The

    truck will be available to respond on all SOCCIT activations. The truck is equipped with

    a light tower that will allow us to illuminate crash scenes and work more efficiently and

    safely on the roadway. The truck is also equipped with a generator that will allow us to

    charge batteries as needed or power portable scene lights. The truck is housed at the

    Troy Police and Fire Training Center.

    Specialization

    The combined team offers investigators with additional specialized skills. This is a

    tremendous value to each individual member agency. Having these specialists available

    as part of the overall team means that each member agency does not need to train

    personnel in multiple specialized areas but still has access to these valuable skills. Some

    examples:

    Auburn Hills: Drug Recognition Expert

    Forensic Mapping

    ARIDE and SFST Instructor

    Advanced Reconstruction

    Child Seat Technician

  • Page 8 of 17

    Bloomfield Township: Advanced Reconstruction

    Child Seat Technician

    Occupant Kinematics

    Troy: Motor Carr

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