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Community Speedwatch scheme

The Community Speedwatch scheme is set to provide communities with equipment and training to monitor speeding in their area.

Thanks to a new partnership with Community Speedwatch UK, a not-for-profit social enterprise that provides support for speedwatch schemes, Thames Valley will be taking a major step forward in the fight to improve road safety.

Organised by the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner, speedwatch groups will be provided with a starter kit on a loan basis, including a speed detection device, to help volunteers to assist in the battle against speeding motorists.

Before community teams can be deployed to the roadside, they will undergo a number of training sessions both online and at the roadside and ensure risk assessments have been completed.

The new online platform allows group-related activities to be self-regulated via an online calendar and also provides vehicle make recognition training. DVLA pre-checks logged registration numbers for authenticity before automatically passing data on to the police for further processing. Existing Community Speedwatch groups will be contact directly about restarting activity once coronavirus restrictions allow.

A six month trial will take place in pre-selected locations in order to test the new online platform and get feedback from volunteers. If successful the new scheme, including the loan of equipment will be rolled out to new and existing groups towards the end of 2021.

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Further information

For more information, if required, please email lee.turnham@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Further information on Community Speedwatch Online can be found at: https://communityspeedwatch.org/FRONT-v2-Home.php.