Police seek Speedwatch volunteers

News from Northumbria Police
News from Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police is seeking volunteers for its Community Speedwatch scheme.

Community Speedwatch allows local people to get involved to help tackle speeding in their neighbourhood and help make the roads even safer.

Volunteers will receive relevant training, support and specialist equipment to enable them to monitor traffic speed in areas where local residents have said they are concerned speeding is an issue.

Motorists who are caught driving above the speed limit by Community Speedwatch receive a letter from police; those caught more than once will be visited at home by an officer.

Police use the information gained by volunteers to identify areas where enforcement action needs to be taken to tackle speeding.

Assistant Chief Constable Jo Farrell said: “Community Speedwatch volunteers provide a valuable contribution to the work of police to help tackle issues with speeding.

“The scheme gives people the opportunity to get involved with their local community and address speeding issues within their neighbourhood.

“Volunteers are given training, support and specialist equipment so they can record the speed of passing vehicles and are situated in locations that have been identified by members of the community as areas they are concerned speeding is an issue.

“The information gained by the scheme is incredibly useful to police as it helps identify areas where we need to take enforcement action need.

“People driving above the speed limit should be aware we will continue to carry out initiatives such as this and take action against those who are persistently caught speeding.

“The initiative supports Operation Dragoon, the force’s road safety campaign aimed at making the roads safe for everyone.”

For more information visit the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk - to apply visit the ‘Working for us’ section of the website. Alternatively people can call 101, extension 64111 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and ask the team about volunteering opportunities.

The scheme is recruiting in Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland.