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More volunteers needed for Community Speedwatch schemes

07 Nov 2016 13:10 PM

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Police in Northumberland are looking for volunteers to take part in their Community Speedwatch schemes.

Community Speedwatch enables local people to get involved in helping to tackle speeding in their neighbourhood to keep their roads safe. Officers are now looking to get more people from Morpeth and Ashington areas interested in taking part.

All volunteers will receive relevant training, support and specialist equipment to allow them to monitor traffic speed in areas where local residents have said they are concerned that 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 also use the information gained by volunteers to identify areas where enforcement action needs to be taken to tackle speeding.

The scheme was first introduced in Northumberland in 2011 and after its success it was rolled out across the force in 2014.

Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Harris said: "We're always interested in hearing from people who are willing to give us some of their time to do this worthwhile work, which helps to keep our roads safe from speeding drivers.

"We value their input and those who do volunteer with us tell us they feel it is a worthwhile experience which helps them give something back to the community as well.

"We know people are concerned about speeding drivers in Morpeth and Ashington and we would like to hear from people who are able to spare some time to help get involved in this important road safety task.

"Volunteers will receive training and the necessary equipment to do this and their local neighbourhood will benefit from their work."

For more information about Community Speedwatch and volunteering opportunities within Northumbria Police visit the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk

To apply to join the scheme visit the following website.

http://careers.northumbria.police.uk/community-speed-watch.html