Traffic Incident Management (TIM)

The IACP and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have partnered together to promote FHWA's Traffic Incident Management (TIM) programs. The TIM program provides tools, guidance, capacity building, and promising practices that aid local and state DOTs and their partners in efforts to improve transportation network efficiency and public/responder safety when a non-recurring event either interrupts or overwhelms transportation operations. Non-recurring events can range from traffic incidents and traffic planning for special events to disaster or emergency transportation operations. Over the past decade, FHWA has developed tools and capabilities to improve the management of transportation for both planned and unplanned events. Whether the precipitating event is a traffic incident, a planned event, or an emergency with the potential to escalate to an evacuation, state and local DOTs must be prepared to respond to and manage such events no matter what time of day or night.

In 2010, the IACP established a Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Subcommittee under the direction of the IACP Highway Safety Committee (HSC). The TIM Subcommittee, working with HSC and FHWA, operated to address safety, operations, training, and outreach initiatives related to TIM nationally; promote TIM policies, procedures, and training in the law enforcement community while maximizing the overall effectiveness of TIM strategies and resources; enhance existing TIM programs while providing necessary resources to those jurisdictions new to TIM; and support relationships and understanding between TIM disciplines.

In 2017, the IACP, through funding from FHWA, established the TIM Project Working Group with representatives from state, county, and local law enforcement agencies, as well as aligned organizations.

TIM Subcommittee Meeting Minutes

Minutes from TIM Subcommittee meetings are available on-line by date of the meeting.
 - 2010 December
 - 2011 March 
 - 2011 June  - 2011 September
 - 2011 November 
 - 2012 March 
 - 2012 June 
 - 2012 November 

Traffic Incident Management Videos

Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Video 

The IACP Traffic Incident Management Subcommittee has created a new video addressing traffic incident management concepts, policies, and practices. This online video is now available on the IACP YouTube channel, accessible here. Watch the video, incorporate it into your agency's training, and share with others!

Traffic Incident Management: The Role of the Traffic Reporter

“Traffic Incident Management: The Role of the Traffic Reporter” is designed to engage traffic reporters and introduce them to the valuable role that they play in traffic incident management through informing the public on traffic incidents and educating them on relevant laws such as Move-It and Quick Clearance. This online video is now available on the IACP YouTube channel, accessible here. Watch the video, incorporate it into your agency's training, and share with others!


For more information contact Bethany Petersen, Project Coordinator, IACP.