Community Speedwatch Online in Sussex won a Lord Ferrers Award, which recognised the outstanding contribution of police volunteers, on Tuesday. The team took home the Technical Innovation Award after they developed and introduced an internet-based application and web-platform to manage all aspects of Community Speedwatch activity.
The Sussex policing area has one of the highest rates of road deaths in the country. Community Speedwatch Online – which now manages almost 2,500 trained volunteers across several counties – has improved the accuracy of recording speeding drivers and brought consistency and clarity to the process.
It has generated over 20,000 educational letters in Sussex alone in the last year and helped raise the profile and effectiveness of Community Speedwatch as a way of local residents supporting the police to tackle this important issue.
Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, has a public consultation is underway to find out whether residents would be prepared to pay more to support policing in Sussex. You can take the survey here.