Police are appealing for Community Speed Watch Volunteer’s to work in the Sale and Trafford area.
The volunteers will be specially trained and work in pairs and use laser controlled equipment to combat speeding motorists.
A spokesman for GMP explained the controversial plan to use members of the public, instead of the police, to crack down on motorists who exceed the speed limit in the area.
He said:”The role of the volunteers is to improve the quality of life in the community by addressing those vehicles that are driven above the specified speed limit.
“We encourage applications from potential volunteers who live, work or study in the Trafford area would be desirable as it’s a local initiative. You must be available to volunteer during daylight hours.”
Candidates must apparently be able to demonstrate on their CV the following:
• Good communication and interpersonal skills
• Attention to detail and ability to record data accurately
• Ability to remain calm under pressure
• Live, work or study in the Trafford area would be desirable
• Be available to volunteer during daylight hours
Duties would include –
• Volunteering in a pair, utilise the laser speed measuring system and complete Speedwatch log sheets.
• Verify registration numbers, times, date and location that you record with your speed watch colleague
• Monitor the problem in order to evaluate its success..
• Promote any partnership road safety initiatives within the community as directed by the local policing team.
• To attend at public events to assist in the publicity of the Citizens in Policing roles
But the plans, revealed in a GMP Facebook page, have already received a hostile reception from most members of the public reacting to the news. Comments include :-.