Community Speedwatch (CSW) is a national initiative where active members of local communities join with the support
of the Police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices.
Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the Police with the aim of educating drivers to
reduce their speeds. In cases where education is blatantly ignored and evidence of repeat or excessive offences
is collated (even across county borders), enforcement and prosecution follow.
CSW Online is working on behalf of the Police and communities to organise and coordinate CSW activity.
Speeding is not just a local phenomenon - neither is Speedwatch.
Speeding continues to be a concern for many communities in both rural and urban environments.
Therefore, Community Speedwatch is not restricted to villages and rural towns. Neighbourhood Policing Panels
have an important role to play in developing safer urban communities and the adoption of speedwatch schemes
could assist them to more easily achieve their goals.
Volunteers receive appropriate training, and are supported by neighbourhood policing team (NPT) staff.
The scheme aims to cater for the problem of real or perceived speed related offending, and through partnership
with the community it is to be used in circumstances that are necessary, justifiable and proportionate in order to:
- Reduce death and injury on the roads
- Improve the quality of life for local communities
- Reduce the speed of vehicles to the speed limit
- Increase public awareness of inappropriate speed
Speedwatch activity is not about interfering with neighbours' behaviour; it is a proactive solution to improve
the safety and quality of life for everyone in the community.
The video above answers some of the most frequently
asked questions about the Community Speedwatch scheme.