Robert Parker wrote in to say he was driving on I-580 and he was passed by a car that said "DMV Police" on the side. He wants to know what do the DMV police do and why do we have them ?
I checked with David Fierro with the Department of Motor Vehicles and yes, there is such a thing as the DMV Police !
They are the enforcement division consisting of sworn and civilian officers. They focus mostly on commercial trucking regulations and diesel emissions. The officers patrol highways and watch for any safety infractions. They also conduct roadside tests to make sure the vehicles and their emissions systems are in full compliance.
They do have the power to issue citations as well.
Basically its an effort to help protect and maintain our air quality through enforcement of existing emission regulations.