Community Speedwatch: Latest Update

Angus McPherson, Wiltshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has today written to all local Community Speedwatch groups updating them on progress following his review of the scheme. The letter is set out in full below.

Wiltshire Community Speedwatch – making the County a safer place for road users
This letter is to update you about my plans around Community Speed Watch and I would greatly appreciate it if you could cascade this information to your scheme members.

During the past few months I have been acutely aware that you, the volunteers, have not been given the support you need or expect to run Community Speed Watch schemes effectively in your local areas.

Working with colleagues at Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council, I have approved a robust business case which I believe will put the scheme on a firm and improved footing. This includes:

Appointing two full-time police staff roles to support Community Speed Watch – a coordinator role and an administrative role. One part of the coordinator role will include focusing on volunteer training. We hope these people will be in post in September
Funding a new IT system, used by Devon and Cornwall Police, which will more effectively store, analyse and process the speed check data you record and send to the police. This will make the process of posting letters to those recorded as exceeding the speed limit quicker and will act as a central database for speed check information across Wiltshire and Swindon, helping to identify repeat offenders across the area
Funding for additional speed detection devices to ensure volunteers have access to the equipment needed
Revised protocols between Wiltshire Police and Community Speed Watch clearly setting out the level of support to be given to volunteers, in relation to training and enforcement.
Working with communities and volunteers to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in our neighbourhoods is a fundamental part of my Police and Crime Plan, so I am keen to support schemes like Community Speed Watch in the best ways I can. I know that my police and council colleagues will be doing their best to support you in the interim while these new measures are being put in place.

I would like to invite you, as scheme coordinator or another representative from your local Speed Watch group if you are not available, to an event at Headquarters in Devizes on Monday 16 September from 5pm – 7pm.

At the event I would like show you the new IT system and, if they are in post at the time, introduce you to the new Community Speed Watch support team. I would also like to use this opportunity to find out about your Speed Watch experiences and, of course, to thank you all for your support so far.

Please note, due to room capacity we are only able to invite one representative from each Community Speed Watch scheme to the event.

Additionally if you would like me to visit your scheme, please do contact me via the office.

Yours sincerely,

Angus Macpherson
Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon

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