Community Speedwatch Scheme

Published: 13th December 2017
Categories: Community & Volunteer

Speeding is one of the factors that most affects the quality of life in communities around Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Community Speedwatch (CSW) allows the public to volunteer alongside the Hampshire Constabulary to monitor the speed of traffic passing through their area and identify vehicles which exceed the speed limit.

Speeding can be a factor in road traffic collisions and impacts on the day-to-day lives of people in the community. The CSW scheme is restricted to residential areas that have a 30mph speed limit and under. Each scheme is managed by a local police Neighbourhood Policing Team. Volunteers use equipment that can monitor the speed of passing traffic and record the details. Vehicle checks are undertaken by the police and letters are then sent to the registered keepers advising them of the speed. CSW is not enforcement, it is education. 

Details of vehicles collected at the time of the alleged offence are then entered onto a database. The registered owner of the vehicle will then be sent a letter telling them that their vehicle was seen exceeding the speed limit, how it affects the local community and asking them not to do so in the future. If the same registration number is logged again within 12 months the owner will receive a warning that if the vehicle is seen a third time the details will be passed to an officer who may take further action. 

CSW is used throughout Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in circumstances that are necessary, reasonable and proportionate to: 

  • Improving the quality of life for local communities by increasing their confidence and satisfaction in the way speeding issues are dealt with
  • Reduce the speed of vehicles to the speed limit
  • Increase public awareness of inappropriate speed
  • Reduce death and injury on roads
  • Empower local people to take action on local issues

To obtain further information or ask a question about the scheme you can send an email to:

Become a volunteer

Vacancies for Petersfield, Clanfield, Rowlands Castle and Butser

Community Speedwatch is co-ordinated by Hampshire Police in partnership with your local council and other agencies. We are looking for volunteers aged over 17 to join the team to help deal with the local issues of speeding.

If you are interested and can spare just a few hours a month please contact: or take a look at the Hampshire Constabulary website where you can find more information. Thank you.

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