WILTSHIRE Police ended a week-long focus on volunteers with an event for Community Speed Watch team leaders on Saturday.

The police have been publicising the contribution of those who give up their spare time for the force and as a result a number of people expressed an interest in volunteering.

Community Speed Watch is a scheme that relies on volunteers to deliver the ‘driving down speed, driving up safety’ message in local communities. Volunteers carry out roadside checks on the speed of vehicles using a speed detection device and record the registration of those exceeding the speed limit. The owners are then sent warning letters by Wiltshire Police.

There are 118 schemes across Wiltshire and Swindon with another ten being set up. Since September, 16,073 vehicles have been caught speeding in the county, 13,614 letters have been sent to owners and 208 home visits have been carried out by neighbourhood policing teams.

To get involved, contact your local Wiltshire Council area board manager through wiltshire.gov.uk/areaboards.

To find out more about volunteering for Wiltshire Police go to wiltshire.police.uk.