Traffic Bureau - Crash Investigation Unit

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Bureau and Crash Investigation Unit (C.I.U.) is located at the Sheriff’s Patrol Headquarters at 45 Elm Street, Buffalo New York, 14203

General questions – (716) 858-3270

Accident report requestsClick Here for instructions

 The Traffic Bureau/C.I.U. is currently staffed with a Sergeant (Traffic Commander) and 3 Deputies.

Deputies assigned to the Traffic Bureau have advanced training and experience in crash investigations and are utilized to investigate serious physical injury and fatal motor vehicle crashes. The bureau is routinely requested by local police agencies to assist with crash investigations.

 Some other of the many functions of the Traffic Bureau/C.I.U. is;

  • Processing and mailing requested accident reports handled by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Monitor all daily motor vehicle accident activity in the Sheriff’s patrol districts, including deer strikes.
  • Research, compile, log, and file Erie County Sheriff’s Office accident reports, traffic arrest records, and statistics.
  • Participate, oversee, and monitor all traffic enforcement details, which include; DWI checkpoints, Seat belt checkpoints, and roving patrols for speed, seat belt, and DWI enforcement.
  • Organize and participate in child car seat inspection events, utilizing our specially trained technician officers to ensure proper installation and safety of child passengers.


Traffic/Crash Investigation Unit 2014
Car v. Deer - property damage only 461
Car v. Deer with injuries


Cellphone Summonses 111
Number of times dispatched to accidents  2688
Drug recognition evaluation requests 61
DWI Arrests 268
Fatal accidents 5
Hit & Run accidents (property and persons)  241
Injury accidents 413
Seatbelt summonses 103
Speeding summonses  3670
Completed accident reports 1149
Total traffic summonses 9406