Essex Police welcomes three new Speed Enforcement Officers
Essex Police has welcomed three new Roads Policing Speed Enforcement Officers at a launch event in Chelmsford.
The newly created role will support the Safer Essex Roads Partnership’s (SERP) Vision Zero ambition, which aims to have no road deaths in Essex by 2040, as well as the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s plan to improve safety on the county’s roads.
Alongside Roads Police Officers, they will be dedicated to tackling road-related crime and provide reassurance to the public in areas where speeding has been raised as a concern.
The trio were introduced on Thursday 11 May at an operational event in Elms Drive, Chelmsford, where enforcement and driver education were the focus of the day.
The event organiser, Road Crime Operational Manager Samantha Wright, welcomed Speed Enforcement Officers Lauren Green, Peter Baker and Caitlin Meredith, explaining: “The event has brought the road safety partners together to celebrate and welcome our new Speed Enforcement Officers to their pivotal, new role.
“They will sit within the Roads Policing Unit, working as part of my team and focussing on community engagement and liaison with road safety partners and carry out enforcement of traffic offences.”
Attendees included Essex Police’s Head of Roads Policing Unit Adam Pipe, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst, Essex Highways Road Safety Group Manager Nicola Foster and Safer Essex Roads Partnership Manager William Cubbin.
Watching on, Adam Pipe said: “I want to welcome our new Speed Enforcement Officers to Essex Police and to the wider Safer Essex Road Partnership family.
“Their presence has been highly anticipated, and I know that they will take an active part in policing of our roads.
“They will seek out poor and dangerous driving to enforce traffic laws and carry out their own investigations into those offences to bring perpetrators before the courts.”
Also in attendance were Clare Reynolds, School Crossing Patrol and School Meals Service Manager Education Department and Maldon District Council Enforcement Officers Ben Chapman and David Rees.
The new Speed Enforcement Officers will use Trucam devices to enforce speed where required and will work with our Speedwatch volunteers and School Speedwatch pupils to ensure drivers keep to the speed limits.
The Head of Roads Policing added: “Roads policing is a primary responsibility of police, but we continue to work with our partners in the local authorities, the road safety partnership and with our community volunteers to reduce the risks posed to all our road users and encourage and educate drivers to make better driving decisions.
“I’d ask everyone to play a part and help us keep roads in Essex safe so we can achieve the Vision Zero ambition of no road deaths.”
At nearby Beardsley Drive, North Springfield, the pupils from The Bishops Primary School held a School Speedwatch event to support Vision Zero.
Under the supervision of PC Smith and SERP education staff, the pupils stopped five speeding motorists and spoke to them of their concerns for the safety of pupils within the school area and how motorists could keep pupils safe by adhering to the speed limit.
Richard Holden MP, Minister for Roads and Local Transport, congratulated Essex Police’s dedication to road safety saying:
“It’s great to see our shared determination to keep roads safe and to traffic enforcement, working to identify areas where more can be done under the Road Safety review.”
The minister added: “Thank you for all the work you do for road safety, and I look forward to learning more about the successes from this event.”
12 May 2023