Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Task Force (Division)
The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Task Force (CVETF) was formed on December 20, 2021, and remained in effect through June 30, 2022. The agreement renews annually on July 1 of each year thereafter for a period not to exceed four years. The CVETF is a collaboration of efforts between the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Department of Transportation (ADOT). The CVETF was created to enhance officer safety and increase efficiency of personnel and operational consistency in commercial vehicle enforcement and inspections in Arizona and to provide better customer service.
The CVETF is comprised of 329 uniformed sworn personnel and professional staff from the DPS Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau (CVEB) and the ADOT Enforcement Services Bureau (ESB). There are 104 positions from DPS and 225 positions from ADOT.
The DPS CVEB consists of two districts, North and South, that conduct commercial vehicle enforcement, inspections, and audits through roadside traffic stops and administrative investigations. Additionally, the CVEB inspects and certifies tow trucks and school buses, as well as provides certification for school bus drivers. The ADOT ESB consists of three districts, North, Central, and South. The ESB is responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement, size and weight enforcement, oversize and overweight permitting, and other related enforcement services through mobile enforcement and manning 14 ports of entry, including international ports at San Luis, Nogales, and Douglas. See attached organizational charts. In addition, the ESB Central District includes Vehicle Identification Number Inspections, Fuel Tax Evasion, Canines, Training, Facilities, Technology, Operational Communications, and Property and Evidence.
The mission of the CVETF is: To ensure safe, secure, and efficient commercial transport across Arizona. The operational plan of the CVETF provides a single management structure that combines enforcement, training, education, and public outreach to reduce commercial motor vehicle-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities in the State of Arizona.
The DPS provides a lieutenant colonel, major, and captain to manage and administer the CVETF. The DPS lieutenant colonel oversees the CVETF's operations and activities, the management and administration of the DPS-related budget, provides leadership and identifies the CVETF's mission, operations, goals, policies, and objectives. DPS may promulgate written operational policies and procedures it deems necessary for the operation of the CVETF, provided that such policies and procedures are acceptable to ADOT. Such written operational policies may detail the duties and responsibilities of law enforcement operations.
Employees assigned to the CVETF continue as employees of their respective agency with all employment-related benefits, rights, and privileges; must abide by all of their respective agency’s policies and procedures; and are subject to their respective agency’s disciplinary process.