The Community Speed Watch scheme will now have more powers to tackle those determined to speed on our roads following the appointment of a Community Speed Watch Enforcement Officer.

The new role is part of significant investment made by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and Wiltshire Police.

The appointment comes fresh off the back of a six-week period of proactive enforcement of road safety during which 168 Traffic Enforcement Reports were issued and more than 250 words of advice were issued to drivers by officers across the county.

This was part of a proactive response by the Force to the Community Speed Watch programme being stopped due to the current Covid restrictions.

The scheme, which was set up by the OPCC in 2012, is set to return on March 29 with more than 1,000 volunteers across the county, who, on average, process 40,000 reports per year and will now be supported by the new Traffic Enforcement Officer, as well as new camera equipment.

Their role will be to work alongside the volunteers to collate the intel to develop a targeted enforcement approach across the community areas where drivers, depending on the severity of the offence, could be summonsed to court or offered a driver improvement course.

Head of Criminal Justice Paul Oatway said: “This is an important role to support the Community Speed Watch schemes across the county.

“We have also invested in the latest, state of the art, road-side camera equipment and back office processes to swiftly deal with enforcement and improved the system to administer the large levels of intel that is coming into us from the volunteers.

“This new officer will be able to target the areas in the county with the highest level of offending and support the volunteers with enforcement.

“This has been received well by the volunteers and can only further enhance the work of Community Speed Watch and enforce speeding offences.

“People speeding on the roads in Wiltshire is one of the main concerns of residents and we hope this investment will go some way in reassuring them that this is an issue we are taking seriously.”