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Re-establishing SpeedWatch in Bishops Waltham

Alert message sent 19/02/2020 10:03:00

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Good Morning,
 
Bishops Waltham are looking into re-establishing SpeedWatch in the local community and are looking for volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact either the Bishops Waltham Parish Council executive officer on 01489 892323 or PCSO Sarah McCulloch by e-mailing  sarah.mcculloch@hampshire.pnn.police.uk


Please see the information below about Speedwatch from the Hampshire Constabulary Website.

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.
Please note
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 March 2020, 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?
Funding
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.
Recruiting volunteers
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.



Kind Regards

PCSO 13455 Sarah McCulloch
 
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Sarah McCulloch (Police, PCSO, Winchester district)

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