Do you have some spare time on your hands and want to help
combat speeding where you live?
The Community Speed Watch initiative allows members of
the community to address the issue of speeding by becoming actively
involved in road safety, monitoring speeds at safe locations with
speed detection equipment.
It addresses the problem of speeding through the joint work
of the police, local community, parish councils and other
The aim is not to catch as many speeding drivers as possible but
to reduce speed in areas of concern.
Community Speed Watch informs drivers that excessive speed is
socially unacceptable and helps to re-educate drivers about the
dangers of speeding while addressing concerns from local residents
about cars speeding through their neighbourhoods.
Police forces across the country implementing the initiative can
show a reduction in overall average speeds, and a significant
reduction in drivers travelling well above the speed limit, which
highlights the benefits of the scheme.
- Trained volunteers verify and record the registration numbers
of offending vehicles.
- These details are forwarded to Suffolk Police who will send
offenders a letter.
- A maximum of two letters will be sent to offenders.
- Persistent offenders may be targeted for police
- Follow-up work on education and enforcement by Suffolk Police
and our partners will also take place when appropriate.
- There must be a minimum of six volunteers in each Community
Speed Watch scheme.
- Speed checks must be conducted by at least two volunteers,
preferably three at any one time.
- Volunteers must be over 18 years of age.
- Each Community Speed Watch scheme must have a co-ordinator and
where possible, a deputy, responsible for the equipment and
- The Parish (or local) Council must support the scheme.
- Volunteers are subject to police vetting checks.
- Volunteers will be required to sign a Community Speed Watch
- The locations for monitoring are chosen by the scheme. However,
risk assessments will be carried out by a trained police officer
who will approve the nearest safe site to that chosen. In some
circumstances a site may not be deemed safe enough to conduct
Community Speed Watch.
- Training for volunteers will include use of the equipment, and
health and safety issues.
- The cost of training volunteers, risk assessing potential
sites, and ongoing administration is borne by Suffolk Police.
- However, Suffolk Police will not meet the cost of speed
detection equipment, portable signs and reflective jackets.
- The Police Authority insurance will cover volunteers, although
parishes are advised to notify their insurer of their Community
Speed Watch scheme.
- Fewer fatalities and serious injury collisions.
- Increase in road safety awareness by and for all road
- Enhancing the role of community members as volunteers.
- Raise awareness of anti-social road use.
If you need to know more or are interested in setting up a
local scheme where you live, please contact your Safer Neighbourhood
We are currently seeking volunteers for the Ipswich scheme, and
if you are interested in joining, please contact your local SNT
nearest to where you live.
You can call 101 and ask to be put through to your local team or
you can contact them via the website Safer Neighbourhood