TOPS Law Enforcement Training Course
As part of the Presidential Initiative for Increasing
Seat Belt Use Nationwide, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
developed Traffic Occupant Protection Strategies (TOPS) training for law
enforcement agencies. TOPS covers a wide range of information addressing
education and enforcement issues related to occupant protection and includes
the dynamics of vehicle crashes and the risk faced by law enforcement officers.
It also instructs law enforcement officers how to conduct an initial evaluation
of a crash scene, and how to assist in crash reconstruction. The TOPS course
is designed for state and local law enforcement officers who may or may
not be involved in traffic law enforcement. The course consists of seven
modules: three core and four optional. The workshop is designed to provide
participants with a better understanding of:
- General driving risks and driving risks for law
- The six types of crashes and crash dynamics.
- The importance of restraints for law enforcement personnel.
- The cost of traffic crashes.
- Correct usage of seat belts and child safety seats.
- Current air bag issues.
- Local occupant protection issues.
- Working with community advocacy groups and
The Kansas Department of Transportation provides
funding to facilitate local law enforcement agencies to participate in
this training course.
For more information contact:
KDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety & Technology, Traffic Safety Section