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Was talking to a bloke today 14:10 - Jan 14 with 1654 viewsbluelagos

about those wannabe copper knobs in yellow jackets who stand around with speed guns, get caught speeding and you get a warning letter off the police.

Some set up by his business, and he was chatting to them on Saturday. He reckons there are now 2 lots, the Speedwatch guys (we know and love) but that there also some new ones who have real powers - as in you do get a speeding ticket.

He says the new ones get to wear tops with "police" on them, still wear his-vizs but that they don't have warning signs. Not full on police - but given some powers.

This was in North Essex. Anyone know more?
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Was talking to a bloke today on 14:16 - Jan 14 with 1596 viewsjeera

Speaking as someone who hates authority as a rule, and hates even more jumped up types who are pseudo authority...

Yet who also hates the pricks who fly through the rather tight village high street where I am, using it as rat run, I am torn on this.

Well it looks like a duck, it sounds like a duck. Nope, dunno what it is.
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Was talking to a bloke today on 14:21 - Jan 14 with 1569 viewsbluelagos

Was talking to a bloke today on 14:16 - Jan 14 by jeera

Speaking as someone who hates authority as a rule, and hates even more jumped up types who are pseudo authority...

Yet who also hates the pricks who fly through the rather tight village high street where I am, using it as rat run, I am torn on this.


People who speed in villages are tossers, no argument from me on that.

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Was talking to a bloke today on 14:37 - Jan 14 with 1505 viewsMedwayTractor

If they are using speed guns and have high viz jackets with Police on the back, then you can be sure that they are bona fide police and those caught speeding excessively will get anything from a caution letter to a fine and points on the licence. The severity of the response depends usually on the amount by which the offender's speed exceeds the legal limit.

If they are wearing high viz jackets marked with any other name (eg the local highway authority) and using a large tripod mounted digital speed indicator, they will be members of a local volunteer speed watch group. They have no authority to issue speeding tickets, fines, etc, but offenders will be reported to the police and persistent or excessive speeders will be dealt with by the police, initially by a warning letter, or, in excessive cases, a visit from the local plod.

As I understand it, but some police forces have far lower tolerance levels. If those your mate saw are not police, they may be some variant on the uniformed Community Police Support.

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Was talking to a bloke today on 14:39 - Jan 14 with 1489 viewsbluelagos

Think this is them...

https://saferessexroads.org/serp-volunteers-to-help-with-speed-enforcement/

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Was talking to a bloke today on 14:41 - Jan 14 with 1484 viewsbluelagos

Was talking to a bloke today on 14:37 - Jan 14 by MedwayTractor

If they are using speed guns and have high viz jackets with Police on the back, then you can be sure that they are bona fide police and those caught speeding excessively will get anything from a caution letter to a fine and points on the licence. The severity of the response depends usually on the amount by which the offender's speed exceeds the legal limit.

If they are wearing high viz jackets marked with any other name (eg the local highway authority) and using a large tripod mounted digital speed indicator, they will be members of a local volunteer speed watch group. They have no authority to issue speeding tickets, fines, etc, but offenders will be reported to the police and persistent or excessive speeders will be dealt with by the police, initially by a warning letter, or, in excessive cases, a visit from the local plod.

As I understand it, but some police forces have far lower tolerance levels. If those your mate saw are not police, they may be some variant on the uniformed Community Police Support.


My mate says they used to be speedwatch - and had been "upgraded" after additional training.

They link I found/posted above - think that is what it is about.

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Was talking to a bloke today on 14:59 - Jan 14 with 1433 viewsuefacup81

Why is it this sort of thing always seems to attract a certain 'sub-set' of society?

I used to work in the local ambulance control room here in Norwich, and did some work with the local Community First Responders.

Whenever there was a meeting held, there was always a group of them who seemed more concerned about being allowed to stick blue lights on their Honda Jazz than actual patient care.

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Was talking to a bloke today on 15:02 - Jan 14 with 1423 viewslazyblue

Don’t speed then through villages like some of the idiots around north Ipswich.
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Was talking to a bloke today on 15:28 - Jan 14 with 1373 viewsbluelagos

Was talking to a bloke today on 15:02 - Jan 14 by lazyblue

Don’t speed then through villages like some of the idiots around north Ipswich.


If that was aimed at me, then you are living upto your name Lazyblue :-)

"People who speed in villages are tossers, no argument from me on that."

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Was talking to a bloke today on 15:30 - Jan 14 with 1366 viewsSwansea_Blue

Was talking to a bloke today on 14:39 - Jan 14 by bluelagos

Think this is them...

https://saferessexroads.org/serp-volunteers-to-help-with-speed-enforcement/


Aye that sounds about right for modern Britain - more outsourcing to untrained, inexperienced volunteers.

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Was talking to a bloke today on 16:29 - Jan 14 with 1297 viewsmanchego

Was talking to a bloke today on 15:30 - Jan 14 by Swansea_Blue

Aye that sounds about right for modern Britain - more outsourcing to untrained, inexperienced volunteers.


... who might save lives by deterring BMW drivers.

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Was talking to a bloke today on 16:35 - Jan 14 with 1279 viewsfactual_blue

Was talking to a bloke today on 15:28 - Jan 14 by bluelagos

If that was aimed at me, then you are living upto your name Lazyblue :-)

"People who speed in villages are tossers, no argument from me on that."


As are people who speed anywhere.

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Was talking to a bloke today on 16:47 - Jan 14 with 1243 viewsbluelagos

Was talking to a bloke today on 16:35 - Jan 14 by factual_blue

As are people who speed anywhere.


Where do you keep yer hi-viz Factors?

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Was talking to a bloke today on 17:00 - Jan 14 with 1197 viewsgiant_ullaa

Was talking to a bloke today on 16:35 - Jan 14 by factual_blue

As are people who speed anywhere.


Bonus points for reaching a ton through Ixworth.

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Was talking to a bloke today on 17:17 - Jan 14 with 1161 viewsbluelagos

Was talking to a bloke today on 17:00 - Jan 14 by giant_ullaa

Bonus points for reaching a ton through Ixworth.


I might have to lead some mates through there on a rideout. Loud cans too - that should send the locals into a meltdown :-)

One of these babies should do it nicely

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Was talking to a bloke today on 19:31 - Jan 14 with 1002 viewscallis

Ohhh, more privatised secret police initiatives.

This country will be far too gone by the time the majority cotton on to the fact they're ironically living closer to a fascist Communist state than they wold have been voting for that dangerous Socialist bloke with the wonky glasses.

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Was talking to a bloke today on 09:08 - Jan 15 with 772 viewsMattinLondon

Was talking to a bloke today on 19:31 - Jan 14 by callis

Ohhh, more privatised secret police initiatives.

This country will be far too gone by the time the majority cotton on to the fact they're ironically living closer to a fascist Communist state than they wold have been voting for that dangerous Socialist bloke with the wonky glasses.


Luckily for us you’re here to warn us.
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Was talking to a bloke today on 16:00 - Jan 15 with 607 viewsMedwayTractor

Was talking to a bloke today on 14:41 - Jan 14 by bluelagos

My mate says they used to be speedwatch - and had been "upgraded" after additional training.

They link I found/posted above - think that is what it is about.


From the photo in the article, I'd say that the "team" includes regular coppers, who would be needed if it came to giving evidence in Court. The operators may be trained to a higher degree than Speedwatch volunteers, but they still can't act as de facto plods.

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Was talking to a bloke today on 09:41 - Jan 16 with 259 viewsr2d2

Why speed through villages? If people didnt there wouldnt be an issue.
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