Cops seek volunteers to stop speeding motorists

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Police in Chesterfield are looking for community minded volunteers to help them tackle speeding motorists.

Officers from the Newbold and Brockwell Safer Neighbourhood Team are setting up a Community Speed Watch initiative and need local residents to get involved.

Community Speed Watch is a scheme involving local police and volunteers who monitor speed in a particular area and advise motorists who are breaking the limit.

It is being set up in Newbold in response to concerns raised by residents about the number of motorists speeding through the area.

Volunteers who put their names forward will be trained to use special speed radar equipment and will then go out with the officers and carry out checks.

Drivers caught speeding are sent letters to advise them about their speed and to ask them to respect local limits.

Data recorded by the scheme is also used to help officers identify locations for speed detection equipment.

PCSO Hannah Blockwell, who is setting up the scheme, said: “We’re looking for people who would be willing to give a few hours of their time to come out on patrol with us.

“It is a great initiative that gives residents the chance to do something positive with the police and help to resolve an issue for the local community.

“Training is provided on how to use the equipment and volunteers will never be expected to patrol alone or to confront motorists.”

For more information about the initiative or to get involved contact PCSO Hannah Blockwell on 0345 123 3333 or email chesterfield.neighbourhoods@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.