CRANFORD - Detectives Steven D’Ambola and Shayne Temple of the Cranford Police Department received the Traffic Safety Specialist Leadership designation during the New Jersey Police Traffic Officers Association online event held on Wednesday, June 3.

According to the release, Detective D’Ambola was awarded Level 2 Traffic Safety Specialist, while Detective Temple was awarded Level 1. The Traffic Safety Specialist (TSS) program was brought to New Jersey from Maryland in order to recognize police officers who have attained notable experience, education, training, and proficiency in Highway Safety Enforcement methods and procedures.

Notably, Detective D’Ambola completed a comprehensive traffic study for the intersection of Commerce Drive and Jackson Drive in Cranford. Detective D’Ambola’s study and modifications to the intersection resulted in a 91% reduction of motor vehicle crashes.

This Traffic Safety Specialist Leadership program was first piloted in New Jersey through the Ocean County Police Traffic Officers Association in February 2016. This year, 32 officers were awarded Level 1 Specialist, and five were awarded Level 2 Specialist statewide. Both Detectives D’Ambola and Temple are assigned to the Cranford Police Department Traffic Bureau.