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.
Sgt. Chris Clark was born in Pensacola, Florida and grew up along the Gulf Coast. He is a U.S. Air Force Veteran and enlisted in September 1991 and served overseas in England, Saudi Arabia, and Spain before ending his enlistment at Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, Louisiana.
After separating, Sgt. Clark chose to remain in the area where he met his wife. He moved to Longview and began his law enforcement career with the Gregg County Sheriff’s Department. He was hired by the Longview Police Department in May 1998 and like all officers began his career in the patrol division. While serving as a patrol officer, he served as a Field Training Officer and as a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team.
In 2005, Sgt. Clark transferred to the Traffic Division becoming a motorcycle officer and an Accident Investigator. During this time spent in traffic, he saw the importance of DWI Enforcement and in 2007 was allowed to transfer to a unique shift where he worked 9P to 5A targeting intoxicated drivers. In 2007 alone, he was responsible for removing 125 intoxicated drivers off the streets of Longview.
Enjoying his traffic assignment, Sgt. Clark made the decision that one day he would like to lead the traffic division so he chose to take the Sergeant promotional exam. In 1998 he was promoted to Sergeant and was assigned to the Field Operations Patrol Division. In 2011, he was selected to transfer to the Criminal Investigations as a supervisor. During his tenure in CID, he supervised Crimes Against Property, Crimes Against Children, and Technical Investigations. His most memorable time in CID was serving in Technical Investigations as the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force supervisor.
Sgt. Clark returned to Field Operations Patrol Division in January 2014 where he served on First Watch. In May 2015, a new Evening Shift Traffic Supervisor position was created. Wanting to lead the Traffic Division someday, the opportunity came sooner than expected, but Sgt. Clark jumped at the chance and was transferred in May 2015.
Sgt. Clark currently oversees the evening shift traffic officers, manages the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Program, and the federally funded traffic safety grant (STEP), which provide additional funds for manpower hours for traffic and DWI enforcement.
Sgt. Clark holds a Master Peace Officer Certification and was selected Supervisor of the Year in 2011.