Troopers assigned to the Field Operations Section focus on the detection, arrest and prosecution of individuals who violate state Motor Vehicle and Criminal Laws as well as Administrative Rules. Responsibilities of the Field Operations Section Troopers include:
- The monitoring, investigation and enforcement of laws and rules governing the operations of approximately 2,500 new and used automotive dealerships statewide.
- The monitoring, investigation and enforcement of laws and rules governing the operations of approximately 2,400 official state automotive safety inspection stations statewide.
- The classroom instruction and practical examination of persons seeking certification as automotive safety inspectors.
- The monitoring, investigation and enforcement of laws and rules governing the responsibilities of certified automotive safety inspectors of which there are approximately 10,000 statewide.
- The physical examination of salvaged vehicles of which the owners seek a new vehicle identification number for the purpose of registration.
- The location and service of notice to persons who pose a severe risk to the general public by virtue of the manner which they operate a vehicle and as such are provided due process to determine their eligibility to be deemed a Habitual Offender.
- The location of persons and retrieval of driver's licenses and/or registration plates, which have been suspended or revoked.
- The examination of commercial vehicles seeking certification to carry additional weight on the public ways of the state.
The Field Operations Section also has teams that provide specialized services. One team conducts mechanical examinations of vehicles and accident reconstruction at the request of other law enforcement agencies where there has been a crash resulting in a fatality and/or serious personal injury. Another team is charged with the detection, apprehension and prosecution of aggressive drivers.
Field Operations Section Troopers, having received specialized training and certification, actively enforce all Federal laws governing the movement and equipment of commercial vehicles involved in interstate and intrastate commerce as well as those commercial driver qualifications. Additionally, Field Operations Section Troopers are utilized in the annual safety inspection of every school bus operating in the state.
In the course of performing their duties statewide, Field Operations Section Troopers have occasion to interact and work in conjunction with numerous other law enforcement agencies at municipal, state and federal levels. Frequently, Field Operations Section Troopers will provide backup for other agencies as needed or handle any call for service where another agency may not be readily available.