The Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Hayes is keen to support the development of Community Speed Watch across Hampshire and the Isle and Wight.

The Commissioner would like to offer a contribution of up to £1000 per scheme to assist with the launch of up to 70 new Community Speed Watch schemes over the next two years. This equates to 5 new schemes in each District, Borough and Unitary Authority. I would appreciate it if you could promote this offer locally.

Any group of at least 6 people interested in setting up Community Speed Watch should nominate someone to contact speedwatch@hampshire.pnn.police.uk or telephone 101 and ask to speak to the Central Speed Watch Coordinator.

Here they will be advised on the process for setting up Community Speed Watch, including how to access the Commissioner’s funding. Part of this process will include confirmation that the group has support to set up Community Speed Watch from their Local Authority (Unitary, District, Borough, Town or Parish Council) including an agreement that the OPCC can transfer this funding contribution into the Local Authority bank account. This is important because it would not be practical for the OPCC to potentially verify the authenticity of up to 70 community groups.

Whilst the Commissioner seeks support from Local Authorities, it is important to note that Local Authorities are not being asked to consider managing Community Speed Watch (although some might already do this). Schemes will be managed by local Speed Watch volunteers with support from their Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team. Local Authority support means positively endorsing a new scheme and agreeing to receive the commissioner’s funding contribution.