The Traffic Unit is part of the Patrol Division's Special Operations group.
The unit consists of two Traffic Officers supervised by the Special Operations Sergeant. Those selected to be Traffic Officers must successfully complete a panel interview, work performance review and final selection by the Chief of Police.
Traffic Officers hold special certifications that include but are not limited to advanced and technical accident investigation. They also must complete a very rigorous police motorcycle school before being permitted to ride.
Officer Tom Wenzl
Officer Tom Wenzl is a 27 year veteran of the Mount Vernon Police Department. He has held positions in K9, Drug Task Force, Criminal Investigations, and the last 7 years in the Traffic Division. He has been a life long motorcycle rider and is a DOL/MSF certified safety instructor. He's attended training through the Washington State Patrol in traffic collisions reaching the level of Certified Technical Investigation Specialist. He is part of the Safe Routes to School committee, and works with the Washington Traffic Safety Commision relating to Skagit County issues. In his off duty time, he teaches motorcycle safety classes and raises rescued Chihuahua's.