Bedfordshire Police is keen to hear from residents concerned about anti-social behaviour and crime in their area and would like to join forces to tackle these issues. Street Watch enables residents to promote good citizenship by patrolling their own streets. Members liaise with the force to encourage positive information sharing and partnership working. Juliet Wright, the force’s Watch Scheme Development Coordinator, said: “Our Street Watch volunteers provide visible reassurance and appropriately engage in local issues that matter most to their communities. They commit two hours every month to patrol in small groups, providing that vital link between their communities and the force. “We are looking for volunteers who either want to join a scheme that’s already set up in their area, or anyone who would like to start one.” Bedfordshire has Street Watch schemes in: Ampthill, Barton-Le-Clay, Biggleswade, Caddington, Clifton, Marston Moretaine, Harlington, Houghton Regis, Maulden, Shefford and Wootton, but schemes can be set up in any area.Volunteers are vetted at the same level as police volunteers, and Bedfordshire Police will provide training for any new members or groups. To find out more about becoming a volunteer, please email Juliet.Wright@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk More information is also available at: http://www.street-watch.org
Please note you can raise any concerns or complaints in respect of speeding or highways issues (apart from the A5) including pavements, on the following number and email:
Central Bedfordshire Council Highways Department, tel: 0300 300 8049 or click on the following link to their website: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/travelling/roads-safety-and-highways/report-highways-fault/default.aspx
You can also raise any Central Beds Council issues with our Ward Councillor Mark Versallion, tel: 0300 300 8555 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or see his Councillor page:http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/modgov/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=5231
Andrew Selous, MP also has regular Surgeries, see link for details: http://www.andrewselous.org.uk/surgery-dates
Community Speedwatch allows members of the public to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhoods.
It is used in areas where residents have identified speeding as a priority and aims to educate motorists about the dangers of speeding, rather than enforcing as a first option.
Last year the police’s Speedwatch volunteers sent out 7,613 letters for speeding in the county.
Chief Inspector for Community Safety Neill Waring hopes more volunteers will come forward across the county.
He said: “The mere presence of a team of volunteers in a village has an immediate effect on the behaviour of drivers and our teams report a notable change in driver attitude to speed limits where they operate.
“Most drivers will understand the objectives of the scheme is to slow drivers to or below the posted speed limit and for those that don’t respond accordingly, the registered owner of any vehicle seen exceeding the speed limit is sent an advisory letter by the police, explaining that speeding is unacceptable to the local community.
“Any driver who accumulates more than two warnings will have a personal visit by a police officer asking them to respect the quality of life for the communities they drive through.
“These visits send a clear message to those that think it is OK to speed.”
Anyone can participate, volunteers must be 18 or over and full training will be given.
To find out more about becoming a volunteer, email email@example.com