Community Speed Watch (CSW) is a national initiative where active members of local communities join with the support of the Police to monitor speeds of vehicles using radar speed detection devices. Excessive and/or inappropriate speeding is extremely dangerous and is responsible for many unnecessary injuries and collisions. It is a criminal offence which affects the quality of life of many communities throughout Derbyshire.


Vehicles that are found by CSW volunteers to be driving in excess of the speed limit are referred to the Police with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speed. In cases where education is blatantly ignored and evidence of repeat or excessive offences are noted, enforcement and prosecution may follow.

Speeding continues to be a concern for many communities in both rural and urban environments. Therefore, Community Speed Watch is not restricted to villages and rural towns.


Volunteers receive appropriate training and annual refreshers, and are supported by the Safer Neighbourhood Policing Teams (SNTs). The scheme aims to cater for the problem of real or perceived speed related offending. Through partnership with the community it is to be used in circumstances that are necessary, justifiable and proportionate to:

  • Reduce death and injury on the roads

  • Improve the quality of life for local communities

  • Improve driver behaviour through education

  • Expand public knowledge of the dangers of inappropriate speed


Speed Watch activity is not about interfering with neighbours’ behaviour; it is a proactive solution to improve road safety and the quality of life for everyone in the community.

Anybody who wishes to volunteer as part of the community Speed Watch