The mission of the Traffic Safety Bureau is to provide the safe movement of traffic throughout the City of Costa Mesa. Officers investigate traffic collisions, enforce traffic laws, and assist patrol officers. The bureau also has a Major Accident Investigation Team, which responds to critical injury and/or fatal traffic collisions.
The Traffic Bureau is commanded by a lieutenant and consists of two sergeants, 13 officers, one traffic investigator, nine part-time police aides, and two volunteers.
The Traffic Safety Bureau utilizes grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to conduct Driving Under the Influence checkpoints and participate in awareness campaigns about distracted driving, motorcycle safety, and pedestrian and bicycle safety. For more information on OTS, please visit their website at www.ots.ca.gov.
The Traffic Safety Bureau coordinates traffic control for special events in the City, including the OC Fair, OC Marathon, and the Chargers Training Camp, as well as police transports.
Lt. Bakkila began his career with the Costa Mesa Police Department in 1996. During this time he has had the opportunity to work in a variety of assignments including Patrol, Investigations, S.W.A.T., Field Training, Traffic and Community Services.
Lt. Bakkila is a 1991 graduate from Fresno State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Homeland Security in 2011 from the American Military University.