Dorset Police is getting its own dedicated speeding officer

Dorset Police is getting its own dedicated speeding officer

Published by George Sharpe at 8:01am 10th February 2019. (Updated at 7:00am 11th February 2019)

It's likely to result in more drivers getting fined rather than warned.

Speeding drivers who are dismissive of speedwatch volunteers might like to pay a little more attention in future.

Dorset Police will be rolling out a dedicated officer who will move around to work with the county’s 600 speedwatch volunteers – which is likely to result in more drivers getting a fine rather than a warning letter.

Chief Constable James Vaughan revealed the move when talking about his plans for the year ahead at Thursday’s county police and crime panel.

He said he was aware of the 16,000 hours the volunteers put in each year and a frustration amongst some of them,

“There is a growing sense that they are a toothless tiger – but we will put some sting into that tail.

“We want to get a full time professional operator so people won’t know whether they will be getting a letter, or a fine,” he said.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter