Enabling members of the community to become police support volunteers and take action against speeding on the roads of concern within their area.
Volunteers use equipment that can monitor the speed of passing traffic and then record the details, later adding them to a database. Vehicle checks are then undertaken by the police and letters are then sent to the registered keepers advising them of their speed and reminding them of why it is a community concern.
Community SpeedWatch is an educational scheme, not enforcement. It is considered as the first tier response to speeding issues. If a problem persists, it can be escalated to tier two, meaning that enforcement can be undertaken by the police neighbourhood policing teams.
Setting up a scheme
We are unable to facilitate the setting up of new Community SpeedWatch schemes until further notice, but speak with a local Police Community Support Officer or contact us to check if there is an existing scheme in your area or one nearby that might be able to expand.
If there is a scheme in your area or one 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 there is no local or nearby scheme and you wish to set one up then you need to consider:
- 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 don’t fund the initial costs of the equipment but 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 which will secure the equipment to monitor speed, high visibility clothing for health and safety purposes and signs.
Some schemes 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. 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.