The Wisconsin Traffic Safety Officer’s Association was created in the mid 1980’s through a collaborative partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Safety (BOTS), AAA of Wisconsin, and a founding group of traffic safety professionals to promote traffic safety, enforcement, education, and investigation throughout the State of Wisconsin. This valued partnership has continued through to this very day.
Members of the Wisconsin Traffic Safety Officer’s Association, both past and present, belong to state, county and local law enforcement agencies. The WTSOA highly values these partnerships which bring together, at an annual March conference, these law enforcement professionals who have the same goal – to make traffic safety in Wisconsin a priority.
The WTSOA enjoys an outstanding partnership with both BOTS and AAA of Wisconsin. The financial support provided by both BOTS and AAA of Wisconsin have continued to afford us the opportunity to put together highly rated conferences year after year with great topics and keynote speakers. These are highly valued partnerships that have yielded demonstrated successes.
The teamwork and networking that comes through this organization via the annual conference is invaluable. Our members positional rankings within their agencies range from patrol officers to Chief’s of Police and Chief Deputies. Further, we are also proud of our association with BOTS members who regularly have attended our conferences.
The Board of Directors of this organization are charged with the responsibility of not only helping coordinate the annual conferences, but also helping any WTSOA member with traffic related questions or resources. We are a team and are all working for the same goal – to achieve ZERO deaths on Wisconsin roadways.
Current (and past) Board of Director Members are from state, county and local law enforcement agencies. Our organization is guided through by-laws that have been updated throughout the last 17 years to adapt to the organization’s changing needs and roles.
As the President, I look very forward to working with our partners at BOTS and AAA of Wisconsin and just as importantly our members. These partnerships are more important than ever in the wake of the rise of the 2015 traffic fatality rate. Data has yet to be analyzed to determine if the rise in the speed limit played a role in the higher number of motorists killed on Wisconsin roadways, but historically we know that alcohol and speed are chief causes of crashes. We must, through our collaborative partnerships, continue to find new ways to educate, inform and enforce traffic safety laws to keep all of the motoring public and pedestrians safe.
Please check out our website, WTSOA.org, to find out what is going on during our conference planning stages and on traffic safety related information.
We are looking for our members to “spread the word” about our organization and our annual conference. We do send out conference reminders via mass email, and also post our conference on Wilenet. This year we are using an online survey to obtain members opinions on our conference. The results and comments will be reviewed by the board of directors so we may attempt to implement new ideas and topical issues that members seek more information on in subsequent conferences.
In closing, our 2016 conference will be at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, Wisconsin from February 29, 2016 through March 2, 2016. I hope to see you there!
President-Wisconsin Traffic Safety Officer’s Association