What is Community Speedwatch?
The Community Speedwatch scheme trains volunteers from members of the community to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhood. It is used in areas where speeding has been identified as a priority at quarterly neighbourhood panel meetings.
Community Speedwatch is operated by Cambridgeshire Constabulary in partnership with your local council and other agencies. The scheme itself is run by the Police and the community volunteers supported by the County coordinator.
How do I become a volunteer?
To find out more about becoming a Community Speedwatch volunteer contact us using the details below.
How much time will I need to give up?
There is no minimum time set but an expectation that sufficient hours are given to make the scheme viable.
Do you get training?
Yes, full training is given to volunteers. This training will be provided by your local Police Volunteer mostly at a training room in Peterborough but will depend on the needs of the group assembled.
Is it safe for volunteers?
Volunteers are given full training and safety equipment to ensure they are clearly visible to road users.
Will officers still carry out speed checks?
Areas, where speeding is identified as an issue, will be considered for enforcement work by officers.
What equipment is used?
Volunteers are provided with high visibility jackets and conduct speed checks using speed indicator devices. The vehicles speed is then displayed on the monitor.
Will records of the offending vehicles be kept?
Information gathered during the checks will be used to target enforcement and education measures. Persistent offenders will receive a visit from uniformed officers.
Can motorists be prosecuted?
No these checks are about educating motorists.
Where are the Speedwatch schemes currently operating?
The scheme has been rolled out to all areas in the force and will depend on volunteers making themselves available. For information about your local Speedwatch scheme contact your neighbourhood team by using the details below.
How will it stop people from speeding?
Speedwatch is not an enforcement tool but about educating motorists and raising awareness of the dangers of speeding. The scheme is just one part of the ongoing work being carried out by the force to target speeding. In areas where Speedwatch sessions are conducted regularly, there is a generally a marked reduction in the number of speeding vehicles over time.
How do I start Speedwatch in my area?
A minimum of 3 volunteers are required to operate Speedwatch and we suggest that these are drawn from a team of 10+ as this means that the same three people are not always conducting Speedwatch. We hold regular, central training sessions in Peterborough (which take about an hour) or where a group has 7+ volunteers for training we will attend your village to conduct the training. The training is delivered by Police Service Volunteers.
Local Speedwatch Coordinator - Christian Hogg ([email protected])
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