Friday, November 04, 2016

Civilian Speed Cops arrive in Redbridge

Transport for London are working in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and City of London Police (CoLP) to run Community Roadwatch - a road safety initiative which aims to reduce speeding in residential areas.

Community Roadwatch gives local residents the opportunity to work side by side with their local police teams, and use speed detection equipment to identify speeding vehicles in their communities.

So says the undated page on the TfL website. However with some technical wizardry we find the page was published on 12 June 2015, over a year ago. And sure enough a quick browser search reveals the scheme in operation down in Croydon in August 2015.

So why has Redbridge MPS only just started trying to put this into operation here? The first I heard about it was at a Fullwell Ward Panel meeting on 20 September and it was raised again at our most recent coffee morning when we had the Roads & Transport Policing Command as our guest speakers. On both occasions it was presented as a "new" initiative.

Anyhow we know now. So if you are one of those people who endlessly complain about speeding traffic down your road at Local Forums and such, now’s your chance to do something about it, or not. And you get to play with a Speed Gun and wear a high-viz jacket. The only restriction is you can’t operate on the street where you live.

To take part in Community Roadwatch, or to suggest a residential area where there are community concerns around speeding, contact stating the borough you live in. Your enquiry will be forwarded to your local MPS Safer Transport Team, who will be in touch.


  1. While there are roads where speeding is a problem (and will these civilians only be on patrol at "sociable" hours?), I would like to see their powers extended to drivers spotted using hand-held mobile phones.

    Sadly unsafe dangerous driving has increased as traffic cops have been replaced by speed cameras.

  2. NeighbourhoodWatcher12:50 am, November 09, 2016

    Down our way we have found that, whereas speed cameras (hand-held or on not) can indicate a tendency for speeding (and we know the four or five "race-tracks" in the north of the borough), the answer to speeding, particular in 'side-streets' are traffic calming measures.

    A local Neighbourhood Watch solved a problem of speeding traffic at a dangerous bend by persuading the Council to paint the centre white lines. A long stretch of road was calmed by installing mini-roundabouts at key junctions and placing 'repeater' 30 mph limit signs on lamp-posts at regular intervals.

    This could not have been achieved without the support of local Councillors.