Community Speed Watch

Are you worried about the speed of traffic in your neighbourhood?
Do you want to do something about it?Portable Speed indicator device
Excessive speed through neighbourhoods is one of the most common issues raised within the community.
It can not only on impact on road safety but also the quality of life for those residents that have to endure it.

Community Speed Watch is a scheme where volunteers help people reduce traffic speeding through their neighbourhood.
It raises awareness of the dangers of speeding and tries to help manage the problem locally.
It also seeks to promote safer driving in the communities by educating rather than prosecuting.

The information collected by Community Speed Watch groups is passed back to Bedfordshire Police who may undertake additional checks.
This could result in repeat offenders being prosecuted.


Community Speed Watch requires a group of at least 2 trained volunteers to operate.

Having registered as a volunteer you will be offered a training course run by Bedfordshire Police.
The course covers the use of the equipment, training in conflict resolution and there is an option for basic first aid if required.
Training courses are available at various locations around the county.
The training comprises of two modules and will last for a maximum of 2 hours.


Once training is satisfactorily completed, volunteers are ready to undertake a 'speed watch'. They will be supported by Police Officers from time to time.
Volunteers will note 
the date, time, colour, make, model and registration number of any vehicles exceeding the speed limit. This information will then be forwarded to the Police.

The Police will check and collate the information and contact the registered keeper of the vehicle. The Police will inform them that their vehicle was detected exceeding the speed limit, giving the location, date and time. Persistent speeders will receive a second letter but on the third occasion they can expect further action to be taken by the Police and may face prosecution.

When a group decide to run a Community Speed Watch session they will arrange to take delivery of the equipment from the Police and then notify Police Headquarters prior to the commencement of the session. You can plan as many sessions as you like but it does depend on equipment availability.
Information showing the number of Community Speed Watch operations along with other speed monitoring and enforcement activities across Bedfordshire will be posted on the Bedfordshire Police website .

No names will be listed.

If you would like to volunteer or find out more information please contact the Clerk or email


Community Speed Watch only requires a group of at least two trained volunteers to operate.
Having registered as a volunteer you will be offered a training course run by Bedfordshire Police.
This covers the use of the equipment, training in conflict resolution and an option for basic first aid if required.

When you decide you want to run a Speed Watch session you arrange to take delivery of the equipment from the Police and then notify Police Headquaters prior to the commencement of the session.

Interested? Then contact:-

If you are interested in becoming a Speed Watch Volunteer visit:Police Logo or email: and you will need to complete the following documents.

Bedfordshire Speed Watch is supported by:

Bedfordshire Police
Bedford Borough Council
Central Bedfordshire Council
Luton Borough Council
Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service



Frequently asked questions;

I am interested in becoming a Community Speed Watch volunteer in my area, but I do not know anyone else locally who is also interested can I still register?

Yes, when you have registered you will be offered training and asked if it is OK to share your contact details with other volunteers who live locally, then you can contact each other to arrange suitable times and locations to run Speed Watch sessions.

I am interested in Community Speed Watch and I am willing to help in areas outside my local area. Is that OK?

Yes, some areas may not have enough registered and trained volunteers and they may welcome your help.

How do I register my interest and who holds my details?

Initially you will be asked to complete a Speed watch Volunteer registration pack.

Once completed and returned to the Bedfordshire Police traffic management team you will be contacted with the offer of a training date. Your details will be held with Bedfordshire Police  and shared with Central Bedfordshire Council . To enable volunteers to contact each other to arrange Speed Watch sessions we ask volunteers to let us know what they are willing to share with other volunteers- an email address or telephone number etc.


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