Community Speed Watch

Two Community Speed Watch volunteers talking with a police officer

Community Speed Watch is local traffic monitoring support by SERP and partners. It is delivered by volunteers within their own communities aiming to improve road safety.

Volunteers are trained by Safer Essex Road, including roadside training, provided with equipment and supported by a Community Speed Watch Co-ordinator and Essex Police.

Becoming part of Community Speed Watch

Volunteers monitor speed of passing vehicles with handheld devices which are recorded and passed to Essex Police to take further action from letters to additional police enforcement.

The benefits of Community Speed Watch include:

  • The opportunity for residents to increase road safety in their area, and support activities to reduce road traffic collisions and injuries.
  • Enhancing the role of community members as volunteers and developing better links with the community.
  • As Community Speed Watch volunteers are highly visible and make use of a speed detection device, it is usually clear to vehicle drivers their speed is being monitored. This may be enough deterrent for many motorists to slow down.
  • The ‘community’ element of Community Speed Watch could have a more positive effect on some vehicle driver’s attitudes compared to engineering schemes.
  • The letters vehicle drivers receive as a result of exceeding the speed limit may make them continue to reduce their speeds at all times.

If you are interested in forming or joining a Community Speed Watch group, please email:

Community Speed Watch Volunteers

For a brief video demonstration on how to correctly complete the activity log and minimise the chance of it being rejected, please click here (YouTube).

You may also find these documents useful:

Community Speed Watch dashboard

Below is a dashboard which demonstrates the effectiveness of Community Speed Watch groups in Essex.  To understand how to navigate the dashboard, here is a quick guide:

Community Speed Watch data

Click on diagonal arrow in the bottom right to view data in full screen mode.

As from the 1st June 2022, CSW Group Co-ordinators need to complete the revised activity log in order for their activities to be actioned.  A copy can be downloaded here.


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