The public’s safety on Longview streets is of the utmost importance to the Police Department. The primarily responsible unit for this issue is the Traffic Unit. Nine motor officers, including one sergeant, mounted on Harley Davidson Road Kings serve this community with the strongest commitment to traffic safety. In addition to their enforcement responsibilities, the Traffic Unit officers are trained in advanced accident investigation and accident reconstruction. They are also responsible for follow-up investigations of hit and run accidents.

The Traffic Unit also provides escorts for funeral services taking the procession through the city safely with dignity. Escorts are also provided for dignitaries, such as the President of the United States and the Vice President. Traffic Unit officers share safety presentations with area youth. Citizens are always encouraged to report areas of concern to the Traffic Unit when
violations of traffic laws endanger the public’s safety.

Traffic Unit officers regularly work the federally funded traffic safety grants (STEP) providing additional manpower hours of enforcement. While performing STEP duties officers concentrate on red lights, seat belt usage, speed compliance and DWI enforcement.

Sgt. Buddy Molpus was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi and moved to Longview when he was 2 years old. He graduated from Longview High School in 1974. He went on to attend Kilgore College and graduated from there in 1976. Sgt. Molpus was hired by the Longview Police Department in July, 1977, and began his career on the evening shift. In 1979, he transferred to the Traffic Division becoming a motor officer and Accident investigator. In 1986, he was promoted to Sergeant and was assigned to the midnight patrol shift. In 1989, he was selected to supervise the newly-established Planning & Research section which included the Crime Analysis Unit.

As his career progressed he was transferred to the Field Operations Division as an administrative Sergeant to assist the Field Operations Assistant Chief. Through skills Sgt. Molpus developed he was able to also serve the Department as the de facto IT specialist for the Department for several years until an IT position could be budgeted. Sgt. Molpus was also responsible for the graphic design and application of those graphics to the Longview Police fleet for 12 years. Even today, Sgt. Molpus still applies the graphics for the Police motorcycles.

In 2005, he was able to return to his favorite assignment, the Traffic Unit, as the Sergeant over that Unit where he continues to serve.

Throughout the years, Sgt. Molpus has obtained a great deal of training including becoming a Certified Police Motorcycle Operator, Accident Investigator, and has his Master Peace Officer certification through TCOLE. Sgt. Molpus has also served as a police instructor with a specialization in Motor Vehicle Crash Investigation.