Neighbourhood Watch is delighted that Community Speedwatch Online Sussex (CSW) has been announced as the first Technical Innovation Award winner of The Lord Ferrers Award. The Lord Ferrers Awards recognise outstanding contributions to volunteering in policing. Awarded annually, the Lord Ferrers Awards are open to a wide range of policing volunteers across nine individual and team categories. From 2017 there is a new award for Technical Innovation, to recognise those volunteers who have used technology creatively.
The Sussex policing area has one of the highest rates of road deaths in the country. CSW Online have developed and introduced an internet-based application and web-platform to manage all aspects of Community Speedwatch activity. CSW Online today manages almost 2,500 trained volunteers spanning several counties. The system has improved the accuracy of recording speeding drivers, and brought consistency and clarity to the process. It has generated over 20,000 educational letters in Sussex alone in the last year, and helped raise the profile and effectiveness of Community Speedwatch as a way of local residents supporting the police to tackle this important issue.
Many Neighbourhood Watch members in Sussex are active supporters of the CSW initiative.
Jan Jung, Chief Executive of CSW, said: “Initiating the development process and leading our team during the past five years has been an engaging experience. It became clear from the start that our approach and ideas were innovative. Working alongside established Police procedures, rules and perceptions was at times challenging, however the team’s tenacity and commitment won over hearts and minds of visionary senior Police officers within Sussex and Surrey Police.”
He added: “CSW has come a long way in organising, regulating, promoting and most importantly supporting local Community Speedwatch schemes under one banner. We believe that our key to successfully involving volunteers and communities in addressing low-level crimes like speeding must come through nationwide co-ordination and combined effort.”
“It is from this reasoned approach that our team worked tirelessly to expand and refine bespoke software. It is a great honour to have won the prestigious The Lord Ferrers Award. There is much more to be achieved by bringing together volunteers across the UK, and we are confident that with this recognition and acknowledgement our concept of maximising volunteers’ investment will be received with greater appreciation as we progress throughout the UK. ”
“Our sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to our success, not least to Supt. Chris Moon who nominated us for this prestigious Award. We look forward to continued growth through the UK.”
Community Speedwatch Online is a group of volunteers with a strong sense of public duty and excellent technological skills. They approached Sussex Police around five years ago, offering to develop a technological solution to modernise CSW and co-ordinate groups on behalf of the Police. They have developed and introduced an Internet-based application/web-platform to manage all aspects of Community Speedwatch activity. From an online calendar to schedule a local group’s roadside sessions, the team developed a system which allows direct roadside tablet entry into back office police systems, provides performance information for police and for volunteers, and facilitates the auto-generation of educational/warning letters to errant drivers.
The CSW Online system manages and automates a wide range of bespoke functions for registered groups. These ensure that consistently high standards and principles are applied to volunteer/group registration, initial online training, site requests, safety assessment and approval procedures, equipment maintenance and booking, session scheduling, data accuracy training, semi-automatic roadside data acquisition and easy transfer to PNC keeper data acquisition, and multiple offence alerting, to enable escalation, making education and – when necessary – enforcement, considerably more efficient and more effective.
For more information about Community Speedwatch please visit www.communityspeedwatch.co.uk. To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk.