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Community Speed Watch

 

Community Speed Watch is a volunteer programme, run between the Police, Northamptonshire County Council. The program aims to increase the awareness of the dangers of speeding through education. Drivers detected for speeding receive a Police Warning letter and their records are held to identify any repeat offenders. Repeat offenders (2 or more) can also expect a visit from the police.
The programme currently has in excess of 600 volunteers trained with others regularly joining the scheme.
The 2016/2017 calendar had 48 communities participating enforcing in 30mph limits across Northamptonshire. The 2017/2018 scheme will also include 20mph and 40mph limits.
The current format consists of 6 groups with up to 12 communities in each. These groups are trained and operate roadside for a 6 week period, week on week off, with a speed gun device.
Before and after this period there is a week of speed data collection. There is then a planned programme of Interactive Signage (VAS), visits from the Speed Indicator Team (SID), Speed Awareness Signs and Police support with enforcement.

The programme runs between Apr and Nov (Group1-5), then Feb to Mar (Group 6).

 

How to Join?

To join the scheme each community will need

  • 1 co-ordinator
  • 1 deputy co-ordinator
  • 10 volunteers (fewer volunteers can be agreed)
  • Parish Council support or Pledges of support (20% of the electoral role or 500 whichever is least)

Once all of the points below have been completed your community will be added to the calendar of activities which are grouped geographically, every effort is made to rotate the time of the year that groups receive the equipment to keep things fair. (Unfortunately someone has to have the school holidays).

Once all of the points below have been completed your community will be added to the calendar of activities which are grouped geographically, every effort is made to rotate the time of the year that groups receive the equipment to keep things fair. (Unfortunately someone has to have the school holidays).

What’s involved?

Community Speed Watch Format

Co-ordinator:  You will act as point of contact for the scheme, arrange the enforcement timetable during your 3 weeks with the equipment and arrange equipment swap overs with your local partner group. Also engage in any roadside activities that you are part of.

Deputy Co-ordinator:  You will act as deputy in the absence of the Co-ordinator. Also engage in any roadside activities that you are part of.

Volunteer:  You will work alongside other trained residents during roadside enforcement sessions, using the speed detection equipment and recording vehicle details for offending vehicles.

What Training is required?

All volunteers need to be trained before they can attend any roadside sessions. We hold regular training sessions throughout the year. The training is a 3 hour session which consists of both practical and classroom elements; this normally takes place 1-2 weeks before you are due to get the equipment. Once you are trained you are covered by a form of insurance whilst you are volunteering for Community Speed Watch. There is currently no requirement for you to repeat this training each year, however refresher training is welcomed.

Pledge Commitment or Parish Council Support

We ask for pledges of support from your local community or the Parish Council to ensure that there is a good level of support behind your actions. Those that sign the pledge are only committing that they support the scheme. They are not required to volunteer.

If it supported by the Parish Council it is a requirement that they provide a letter to the police, offering their support and to make the community aware of the upcoming activity.

 

Any further information please email

Gary.Wright@Northants.pnn.police.uk 

 

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