Community Speed Watch

Community Speed Watch (CSW) is a partnership initiative that is aimed at raising awareness and encouraging speed reduction.  Reducing speed will directly contribute to help saving lives and will improve the quality of life for people within the County. It is an opportunity for you to get involved in making the roads safer where you live.

Speed is a major factor in about a third of all traffic collisions.  Each year, in excess of 700 people die and more than 4,500 are injured nationally as a result of speeding.

Dorset Police is committed to reducing the numbers of those killed and seriously injured through road collisions each year. Speed is one of the fatal five main contributory factors to road collisions. The others being driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, use of mobile phone whilst driving, failing to wear a seat belt and careless and inconsiderate driving.

How does Community Speed Watch work?

  1. Each Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) area will have a NPT Liaison Officer.
  2. This officer will help recruit members of the community to take part in CSW following requests from the public to initiate a CSW in a given area.
  3. All new volunteers are required to have a suitability assessment carried out by a member of Dorset Police staff prior to being accepted onto a CSW team.  This replaces the need for formal vetting of volunteers.
  4. CSW teams can only operate from locations that have been risk assessed by a member of Dorset Police staff authorised to carry out these checks.
  5. Once the checks have been satisfactorily completed, the Liaison Officer will provide training to the members of the public in the use of the speed checking equipment and give advice on where it can be used.
  6. As and when the CSW Team carry out speed checks, they will record how many vehicles were checked and how many were observed exceeding the speed limit thresholds (24 mph in a 20 mph area and 35 mph in a 30 mph area and 46 mph in a 40 mph area).
  7. A warning letter will be sent by Dorset Police to the registered keeper on the first two occasions that their vehicle is seen exceeding the speed limit.  If the vehicle is observed for a third time, an action will be sent to the local NPT for further attention.    

How can I get involved?

If you wish to participate in Community Speed Watch, please contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team to find out if a scheme already exists in your area or initiate the setting up of a new scheme. Alternatively, you can use the contact form below to register your interest.

What we do with the information we collect from the form on potential CSW Volunteers

Question: What are the reasons for collecting this information?

Answer: Public can express an interest in becoming a volunteer for community Speed Watch, whilst highlighting the particular locations where they have  concerns about the speed of traffic.

Question: Where is the information stored once it has been emailed?

Answer: Incoming emails stored within the Dorset Police Outlook emails folders?

Question: Who has access to this information?

Answer: Dorset Road Safe staff including “no excuse” Officers & Intelligence Researchers.

Question: How long is the information held for?

Answer: 6 years (to give a full 5 year period of issues with the location reported)

Question: If a person wants to have the emailed information deleted, or removed from any Force database, or devices it has been saved to which email address do they send this request to and how long will the process take.

Answer: Dorset Road Safety within two weeks and we will email them to let them know we have done it.

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