Police seek volunteers to speedwatch


Community Speedwatch is coming to Eastbourne and police are looking for local support for the initiative.

Volunteers are needed to help to reduce the number of speeding vehicles on the town’s streets. The aim is to establish a group of volunteers who will receive training support and equipment, to give up a few hours of their time to carry out speed checks in areas of Eastbourne where speeding is most prevalent. Hotspots have been identified over the past few months by Neighbourhood Police and Community Support Officers using a SID (speed indicator device) in response to concerns raised by local residents in those areas.

Trained by Sussex Police, all Community Speedwatch volunteers operate under a police approved code of practice at sites selected by the volunteers and risk-assessed by the police.

“Speeding vehicle information is reported to the police. All speeding vehicles will have their details entered onto the Operation Crackdown website which was relaunched in August to combat anti social drivers.

“ A letter will then be sent to the driver. If the same driver is recorded speeding three times Sussex Police Road Policing Unit will seek to actively target and catch them.

Although there are some willing volunteers in Eastbourne more are required to effectively get the scheme up and running town wide.

Sergeant Ed Ripley of the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team said, “Speeding and other forms of antisocial driving have been highlighted as a real concern by many local neighbourhoods. .

“Community Speedwatch, which is already active in many other areas of Sussex, is designed to get the community working together, with a little help from the local police and would be a great opportunity to do something positive for your community and to give something back.”

To find out more email edward.ripley@sussex.pnn.police.uk