Community Speedwatch (CSW) is a locally driven initiative where active members of the
community join together 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
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.