Community SpeedWatch is an initiative Hampshire Constabulary is rolling out across the two counties to increase awareness about the dangers of speeding.
What is SpeedWatch?
Speeding is one of the factors that most affects the quality of life in the communities of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, which in turn makes it one of the biggest community priorities.
Until now the community and local Safer Neighbourhood teams have been able to do little to tackle this problem. Because we are being told speeding is a big concern we want to work with you. We think that the Community SpeedWatch programme is a good way to move forward.
Community SpeedWatch allows members of the community to become police support volunteers and take action, helping us to educate drivers on the roads of concern in your area.
How does it work?
SpeedWatch is a community scheme that can only take place in 20mph, 30mph and some 40 mph limits or zones.
The scheme will be managed by the police local Safer Neighbourhood teams but run by volunteers. Volunteers will use equipment that can monitor the speed of passing traffic and record the details, later adding them to a database. Vehicle checks will be undertaken by the police and letters will then be sent to the registered keepers advising them of the speed and reminding them of why it is a community concern.
SpeedWatch is not enforcement, it is education. It is important to know that SpeedWatch now forms part of our response to speeding issues. It is the first tier in our response to dealing with this problem. If a problem persists, we will escalate to tier two, meaning that enforcement can be undertaken by the police Safer Neighbourhood teams.
How to set up a scheme in your area
The first thing you need to do is check that there isn't a scheme already running in your area or nearby that might be able to expand. You can do this by speaking with the Safer Roads officers, the gatekeepers for speeding for the organisation. They can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
If there is a scheme in your area or nearby, make contact and see how they can assist covering your area. You may need to help them recruit more volunteers or get extra funding.
If you haven't got a scheme and want to set one up then you need to consider the following:
- Who in your community is interested in tackling this problem?
- Who in your local parish or town council will support the scheme?
- Is speeding one of the concerns and priorities for the community?
Funds will be required to set up the scheme. The police cannot fund the initial costs of the equipment but we will cover the costs for vetting, training and the support for back office work such as holding the database, doing the checks, sending out the letters and analysing the data.
The initial cost can be up to £3,000; this will secure the equipment to monitor speed, high visibility clothing for health and safety purposes, signs and everything needed to make it successful.
Schemes already set up have sought funds from parish and town councils, county councillors, sponsorship, community grants or used existing equipment handed over by the council. We will help you explore these options. We hold a list of companies used to purchase the equipment by schemes already up and running.
Members of the community need to become Police Support Volunteers and be vetted before joining a SpeedWatch scheme. People may think this is intrusive but with access to private information and police databases we need to ensure that we and other members of the public are protected. We can only measure this by vetting applicants. This does not mean you can't invite interested members of your community along to watch SpeedWatch in action, they just can't take part.
To recruit volunteers you need to speak with the Extended Police Family team at Netley or the Extended Policy Family co-ordinator for your area. Click here for further information about Police Support Volunteers.
Still interested, think this can work in your area? Get in touch via email@example.com and we can work together to move this forward.