Community Speedwatch

The Speedwatch scheme allows the public to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhood. It is used in areas where speeding has been identified as a priority at quarterly neighbourhood panel meetings.

The scheme is run by the force alongside the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership. It is about educating motorists in the law in relation to speeding and monitoring any trends in speeding in neighbourhoods.

Volunteers are trained to use speed indicator devices which displays vehicle speed. The registered owner of any vehicle seen exceeding the speed limit is sent an advisory letter from their local neighbourhood policing team, explaining that speeding is unacceptable to the local community.

FAQs

How do I become a volunteer?

To find out more about becoming a Speedwatch volunteer contact: Speedwatch@cambs.pnn.police.uk.

How much time will I need to give up?

There is no minimum time set but an expectation that sufficient hours are given to make the scheme viable.

Do you get training?

Yes full training is given to volunteers. This training will be provided by your local neighbourhood team in your neighbourhood and will depend on the needs of the group assembled.

Is it safe for volunteers?

Volunteers are given full training and safety equipment to ensure they are clearly visible to road users.

Will officers still carry out speed checks?

Areas where speeding is identified as an issue will be considered for enforcement work by officers.

What equipment is used?

Volunteers are provided with high visibility jackets and conduct speed checks using speed indicator devices. The vehicles speed is then displayed on the monitor.

Will records of the offending vehicles be kept?

Information gathered during the checks will be used to target enforcement and education measures. Persistent offenders will receive a visit from officers.

Can motorists be prosecuted?

No these checks are about educating motorists.

Where are the Speedwatch schemes currently operating?

The scheme has been rolled out to all areas in the force and will depend on volunteers making themselves available. For information about your local Speedwatch scheme contact your neighbourhood team at Speedwatch@cambs.pnn.police.uk

How will it stop people from speeding?

Speedwatch is not an enforcement tool but about educating motorists and raising awareness of the dangers of speeding. The scheme is just one part of the ongoing work being carried out by the force to target speeding.

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March Safety Zone

More than 350 Year 5 pupils from  primary schools in and around March and Chatteris  took part in the Safety Zone, joining in six interactive activities, all designed to keep them and their families out of danger.

The most dramatic scenario, led by members of Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service and complete with billowing smoke, got the children to play out how to respond to a fire in their homes, including making an emergency phone call.

Other topics covered were road safety and the importance of wearing seatbelts, Antisocial Behaviour, Respect and Care in the home, Dog Safety  and Water Safety

“The children love these kinds of hands-on activities. They particularly enjoyed the fire safety exercise with all the smoke and the other sessions reinforced what we do in school on subjects like internet safety. It’s definitely a great way of getting these messages across.”

The Safety Zone is organised by Fenland District Council with help from Cambridgeshire County Council, the Police and Fire services, Woodgreen Animal Shelter and St Johns Ambulance.

It will be repeated in Wisbech and Whittlesey later this year, involving another 500 children from more primary schools in Fenland

T“If you can get the safety messages across to the children at an early age – and particularly if you do it in a fun way – then they pass those messages on to their brothers and sisters and their parents. That benefits everyone”

 

 

Fire & Rescue Safe & Well Visits

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The Safe and Well Visit

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service are committed to supporting the safety and wellbeing of residents in all of the communities that we serve.

The Safe and Well visit will provide us with sufficient information to support you and, with your permission, refer you to selected partner agencies, who will be able to support you further. We will not share your data with marketing companies or for other purposes.

Our visit will last no longer than 60 minutes and is completely FREE of charge. Our visit will assess five key elements:

  1. Fire safety in the home – including cooking, general safety and escape plans.
  2. Falls prevention – including simple remedial action such as replacing lightbulbs or taping down loose carpet.
  3. Alcohol use – Alcohol related illness in the over 65s is on the increase. We can provide you with helpful information.
  4. Stay well and warm – Can you afford to heat your home? Do you have access to a hot meal? Do you access the all the services available to you?
  5. Crime reduction – We can provide advice on making your home more secure in addition to advice to make you less vulnerable to scams or fraud

You are under no obligation to answer any questions that you do not want to, but the more information you provide us with, the better we will be able to support you. We can also provide advice in relation to promoting the health and safety of individuals with hoarding concerns, as well as providing valuable information to care providers.

Am I entitled to a FREE visit or a FREE Home Fire Safety Check?

Safe and Well Visits and Home fire safety checks are available to those who are most vulnerable in our community. This may include those who smoke, have a disability or mental health problems and are prioritised according to individual risk. You can find out if you or a family member or friend are likely to be eligible for a free home fire safety check by completing a short questionnaire or contact the automated message line on 0800 917 9994 and leave a message including the persons name, address and daytime phone number to receive a call back.

How to carry out a fire risk assessment yourself

You can risk-assess your home quite easily.

Take the opportunity to sit down with your family and talk about the fire risks in your home and what you would do if a fire started. Make an escape plan and test your smoke alarms at the same time.

Visit our home safety pages or the Fire Kills website for more information and self-help advic

– See more at: http://www.cambsfire.gov.uk/home-fire-safety-checks-508.aspx#sthash.PDhWziaJ.dpuf

Raising Awareness of Labour Exploitation in Fenland

The Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner, Community Safety Team and Fenland Police joined forces to engage with the local community to raise awareness of labour exploitation in Fenland yesterday. The team spoke to local businesses, providing them with posters and information about a free online course for staff, and engaged with the public, signposting them to our the website http://www.advicechain.co.uk that is full of localised in information about exploitation as well as the link to the online course.

We also have a short film showing in the Luxe Cinema in Wisbech this week which we hope will encourage people to report suspected issues to the Police.

Labour Exploitation in Fenland

Next week Fenland CSP will be launch its week long campaign to raise awareness of Labour Exploitation in Fenland.

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An Overview:

There are 30 million slaves today, more than at any other time in history. Men, women and children around the world are forced to work without pay, and the number of those living at risk is growing.
After the international drug trade, trafficking of humans is tied with arms dealing as the second largest criminal industry in the world. Human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of people, by means of;

  • The threat or use of force
  •  Forms of coercion, fraud and deception
  • Abduction
  • The abuse of power or a position of vulnerability
  • The giving or receiving of payments or benefits to get the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.

To learn more about Labour Exploitation in Fenland visit our website http://www.advicechain.co.uk where you can enrol on a free course and watch our short localised film.

 

 

January Contact Point Dates

Jan 9th

Whittlesey Library 11:00-12:00

Whittlesey Co-op 12:30-13:30

Jan 16th 

Wisbech Tesco 10:00-11:00

Wisbech Market 11:30-12:30

Jan 17th 

Gorefield Village Hall 14:00-15:00

Jan 24th

Chatteris Aldi 10:00-11:00

Wimblington Village hall 11:30-12:30

March Tesco (Hostmoor) 13:00-14:00

March Lidl 14:30-15:30

Dates for Upcoming Community Contact Points

This months Community Contact Point has begun with our first session in Wisbech last week. The  contact points allow the public to engage with the Police and Council for advice, to disclose information or simply for a chat with their local Police and Council representatives.

The next sessions will be

held at:

Chatteris Aldi 24th Nov 9:30-10:30

Wimblington Village Hall 24th Nov 11:30-12:30

March Hostmore Tesco 24th Nov – 13:00-14:00

March Lidl 24th Nov 14:30-15:30

Whittlesey Library 30th Nov  11:00-12:00

Whittlesey Co-op 30th Nov  12-13:00

 

Working with partners to keep the community safe

The Community Safety team visited our partners in Police and local Housing Authorities to train staff up on a cloud based system that allows for improved communication and efficiency in the recording of community safety related cases. The tool is used all over Fenland and in parts of Peterborough and we hope to continue to in our efforts to educate and facilitate learning of the the system.

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Community Contact Points in November

This months Community Contact Point has begun with our first session in Wisbech today. The  contact points allow the public to engage with the Police and Council for advice, to disclose information or simply for a chat with their local Police and Council representatives.

The next sessions will be

held at:

Chatteris Aldi 24th Nov 9:30-10:30

Wimblington Village Hall 11:30-12:30

March Hostmore Tesco 24th Nov – 13:00-14:00

March Lidl 24th Nov 14:30-15:30

Whittlesey Library 30th Nov  11:00-12:00

Whittlesey Co-op 30th Nov  12-13:00

 

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