Essex Police deny speed checks hit by cuts

Thing of the past – one of the mobile speed camera vans used by Essex Police

Thing of the past – one of the mobile speed camera vans used by Essex Police

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Essex Police has denied it has vastly reduced the number of speed checks it carries out.

The force has confirmed it sold two of its five mobile speed camera vans, and removed equipment from the three other vehicles.

Officers were routinely paid overtime to operate the vans.

In addition, an officer claims traffic cops no longer have time to carry out speed checks, since they were used to cover response units starting in March this year.

The officer, who asked to remain anonymous, claims speeding tickets are down 90 per cent.

Adam Pipe, Essex Police’s casualty reduction manager, dismissed claims response officers were unable to carry out speed checks.

He said: “Officers are better with handheld devices, which gives them the power of discretion and flexibility.

“Essex is one of the few areas where crashes with deaths and serious injuries have declined.”

Essex Police refused to reveal how much the vans had cost and how much had been recouped by selling them.

A spokesman said a Freedom of Information request would be required to get the information.

He confirmed: “Two were sold at auction and the other three are now used elsewhere, although there is still the capability to kit them out should we choose to run specific operations.”

The spokesman said the mobile vans are not needed because officers can carry out more thorough checks, not just monitor traffic for speeding.

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1:19pm Sat 8 Sep 12

fletch12107 says...

Sold off vans and no money to pay overtime...you dont need the brain of Einstein to work out that speed checks have been cut. This is only year one of the cuts for Essex Police they still have to make £42 million more so watch this space to see whats next.
Sold off vans and no money to pay overtime...you dont need the brain of Einstein to work out that speed checks have been cut. This is only year one of the cuts for Essex Police they still have to make £42 million more so watch this space to see whats next. fletch12107
  • Score: 0

1:24pm Sat 8 Sep 12

devil's fury says...

"Essex Police has denied it has vastly reduced the number of speed checks it carries out."

Who cares? Who challenged this?

Most of the year people moan about speed cameras! A few less surely pleases them? After all speed cameras and the traffic police are only trying to make our roads safer!

I am concerned at the lack of visible approachable officers in our streets! Appears Essex Police has done a U turn on it's neighbourhood policing policy. Even the CSOs are becomming invisible!
"Essex Police has denied it has vastly reduced the number of speed checks it carries out." Who cares? Who challenged this? Most of the year people moan about speed cameras! A few less surely pleases them? After all speed cameras and the traffic police are only trying to make our roads safer! I am concerned at the lack of visible approachable officers in our streets! Appears Essex Police has done a U turn on it's neighbourhood policing policy. Even the CSOs are becomming invisible! devil's fury
  • Score: 3

1:33pm Sat 8 Sep 12

pendulum says...

Excellent news. Well done Essex Police. This is a cut the majority of NORMAL every-day people will actually agree with.
Excellent news. Well done Essex Police. This is a cut the majority of NORMAL every-day people will actually agree with. pendulum
  • Score: 2

1:47pm Sat 8 Sep 12

emcee says...

Quote: "Essex Police refused to reveal how much the vans had cost and how much had been recouped by selling them."
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Well, someone at the Echo needs to put a FOI request in.
Quote: "Essex Police refused to reveal how much the vans had cost and how much had been recouped by selling them." - Well, someone at the Echo needs to put a FOI request in. emcee
  • Score: 2

4:16pm Sat 8 Sep 12

pembury53 says...

pendulum wrote:
Excellent news. Well done Essex Police. This is a cut the majority of NORMAL every-day people will actually agree with.
Excellent news indeed...... hopefully this will free up precious resource to takle the real crimes of ceaseless muggings, violent assaults, robberies and assorted anti-social behaviour blighting this town.
[quote][p][bold]pendulum[/bold] wrote: Excellent news. Well done Essex Police. This is a cut the majority of NORMAL every-day people will actually agree with.[/p][/quote]Excellent news indeed...... hopefully this will free up precious resource to takle the real crimes of ceaseless muggings, violent assaults, robberies and assorted anti-social behaviour blighting this town. pembury53
  • Score: 0

4:46pm Sat 8 Sep 12

CALL ME CLINT says...

emcee wrote:
Quote: "Essex Police refused to reveal how much the vans had cost and how much had been recouped by selling them."
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Well, someone at the Echo needs to put a FOI request in.
Good idea emcee but I would ask why a FOI request is required, why can't Essex Police simply answer the question?
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Quote: "Essex Police refused to reveal how much the vans had cost and how much had been recouped by selling them." - Well, someone at the Echo needs to put a FOI request in.[/p][/quote]Good idea emcee but I would ask why a FOI request is required, why can't Essex Police simply answer the question? CALL ME CLINT
  • Score: 5

7:53pm Sat 8 Sep 12

beyond the valley of the asbos says...

what is the bid offer spread on speed camera equipment. presumably they practically gave the kit away.
what is the bid offer spread on speed camera equipment. presumably they practically gave the kit away. beyond the valley of the asbos
  • Score: 1

12:14am Sun 9 Sep 12

Alec Cikes says...

If all drivers drive at reasonable speeds... even a little over the odds, I don't believe that people will be complaining about ths shortage of traffic cops with regard to speed checks.
Priorities have to be & should be made to ensure that the police deal with more important duties within SOS.
If all drivers drive at reasonable speeds... even a little over the odds, I don't believe that people will be complaining about ths shortage of traffic cops with regard to speed checks. Priorities have to be & should be made to ensure that the police deal with more important duties within SOS. Alec Cikes
  • Score: 1

12:20am Sun 9 Sep 12

Boy_Racer21 says...

Thank god for that. About time police focus on real crime rather then people speeding. I speed all the time. Never made me have a crash.
Thank god for that. About time police focus on real crime rather then people speeding. I speed all the time. Never made me have a crash. Boy_Racer21
  • Score: -2

12:22am Sun 9 Sep 12

Boy_Racer21 says...

Boy_Racer21 wrote:
Thank god for that. About time police focus on real crime rather then people speeding. I speed all the time. Never made me have a crash.
An absolute cash cow for motorists. Remove all speed cameras.
[quote][p][bold]Boy_Racer21[/bold] wrote: Thank god for that. About time police focus on real crime rather then people speeding. I speed all the time. Never made me have a crash.[/p][/quote]An absolute cash cow for motorists. Remove all speed cameras. Boy_Racer21
  • Score: -1

8:42am Sun 9 Sep 12

aduksquack says...

Boy_Racer21 wrote:
Thank god for that. About time police focus on real crime rather then people speeding. I speed all the time. Never made me have a crash.
You're an idiot.
[quote][p][bold]Boy_Racer21[/bold] wrote: Thank god for that. About time police focus on real crime rather then people speeding. I speed all the time. Never made me have a crash.[/p][/quote]You're an idiot. aduksquack
  • Score: 3

12:19pm Sun 9 Sep 12

BusterBoo says...

pembury53 wrote:
pendulum wrote: Excellent news. Well done Essex Police. This is a cut the majority of NORMAL every-day people will actually agree with.
Excellent news indeed...... hopefully this will free up precious resource to takle the real crimes of ceaseless muggings, violent assaults, robberies and assorted anti-social behaviour blighting this town.
Dont you see they have got rid of the vans because they cant cope with the 'real crimes'
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pendulum[/bold] wrote: Excellent news. Well done Essex Police. This is a cut the majority of NORMAL every-day people will actually agree with.[/p][/quote]Excellent news indeed...... hopefully this will free up precious resource to takle the real crimes of ceaseless muggings, violent assaults, robberies and assorted anti-social behaviour blighting this town.[/p][/quote]Dont you see they have got rid of the vans because they cant cope with the 'real crimes' BusterBoo
  • Score: 1

12:20pm Sun 9 Sep 12

aduksquack says...

pendulum wrote:
Excellent news. Well done Essex Police. This is a cut the majority of NORMAL every-day people will actually agree with.
You mean 'normal' people like dangerous drivers, speeders, drink drivers?
[quote][p][bold]pendulum[/bold] wrote: Excellent news. Well done Essex Police. This is a cut the majority of NORMAL every-day people will actually agree with.[/p][/quote]You mean 'normal' people like dangerous drivers, speeders, drink drivers? aduksquack
  • Score: 0

12:32pm Sun 9 Sep 12

EssexPerson says...

aduksquack wrote:
pendulum wrote:
Excellent news. Well done Essex Police. This is a cut the majority of NORMAL every-day people will actually agree with.
You mean 'normal' people like dangerous drivers, speeders, drink drivers?
Not sure I understand your 'normal' person statement. Why you think only dangerous, speeders and drunks will be happy is a bit weird.
Surely when the vans are equipped to catch speeders they wont be much use detecting dangerous and drunk drivers, but by redeploying the 3 remaining vans to regular police work they could help catch them.
[quote][p][bold]aduksquack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pendulum[/bold] wrote: Excellent news. Well done Essex Police. This is a cut the majority of NORMAL every-day people will actually agree with.[/p][/quote]You mean 'normal' people like dangerous drivers, speeders, drink drivers?[/p][/quote]Not sure I understand your 'normal' person statement. Why you think only dangerous, speeders and drunks will be happy is a bit weird. Surely when the vans are equipped to catch speeders they wont be much use detecting dangerous and drunk drivers, but by redeploying the 3 remaining vans to regular police work they could help catch them. EssexPerson
  • Score: 1

9:00am Mon 10 Sep 12

APR says...

Very strange, as this is one of the few police activities which actually makes a profit.
Very strange, as this is one of the few police activities which actually makes a profit. APR
  • Score: -1

9:18am Mon 10 Sep 12

beyond the valley of the asbos says...

APR wrote:
Very strange, as this is one of the few police activities which actually makes a profit.
it's all about the overtime you see.... it's as high up as the 3rd paragraph.
[quote][p][bold]APR[/bold] wrote: Very strange, as this is one of the few police activities which actually makes a profit.[/p][/quote]it's all about the overtime you see.... it's as high up as the 3rd paragraph. beyond the valley of the asbos
  • Score: 1

10:02am Mon 10 Sep 12

EthanEdwards says...

APR wrote:
Very strange, as this is one of the few police activities which actually makes a profit.
Sssshhhh we are supposed to pretend it's all about safety dontcha know.
[quote][p][bold]APR[/bold] wrote: Very strange, as this is one of the few police activities which actually makes a profit.[/p][/quote]Sssshhhh we are supposed to pretend it's all about safety dontcha know. EthanEdwards
  • Score: 0

1:02pm Mon 10 Sep 12

artdecofan says...

I am absolutely outraged by the thought that more of the absolute morons who flout the speed limit are going to be getting away with it, thanks to this move by Essex Police.

One only has to scan these pages virtually daily to see that carnage is happening on our roads, innocent cyclists and pedestrians, as well as other innocent drivers, regularly being hurt (and worse), often by unlicensed, un-taxed, speeding CRETINS.

We need MORE enforcement of the speeding laws in this country, not less. I despair, I really do.
I am absolutely outraged by the thought that more of the absolute morons who flout the speed limit are going to be getting away with it, thanks to this move by Essex Police. One only has to scan these pages virtually daily to see that carnage is happening on our roads, innocent cyclists and pedestrians, as well as other innocent drivers, regularly being hurt (and worse), often by unlicensed, un-taxed, speeding CRETINS. We need MORE enforcement of the speeding laws in this country, not less. I despair, I really do. artdecofan
  • Score: -1

4:19pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Basildon_racer says...

artdecofan wrote:
I am absolutely outraged by the thought that more of the absolute morons who flout the speed limit are going to be getting away with it, thanks to this move by Essex Police.

One only has to scan these pages virtually daily to see that carnage is happening on our roads, innocent cyclists and pedestrians, as well as other innocent drivers, regularly being hurt (and worse), often by unlicensed, un-taxed, speeding CRETINS.

We need MORE enforcement of the speeding laws in this country, not less. I despair, I really do.
So you make out people that speed are absolute scumbags? What an idiot. So basically nearly everyone is a scumbag. I drive everyday and I openly admit I will break the speed limit at least once everyday. I also see loads of other drivers break the speed limit everyday too. Dont tell me you have never exceeded the speed limit in your life time too, because you obviously have at least once.
[quote][p][bold]artdecofan[/bold] wrote: I am absolutely outraged by the thought that more of the absolute morons who flout the speed limit are going to be getting away with it, thanks to this move by Essex Police. One only has to scan these pages virtually daily to see that carnage is happening on our roads, innocent cyclists and pedestrians, as well as other innocent drivers, regularly being hurt (and worse), often by unlicensed, un-taxed, speeding CRETINS. We need MORE enforcement of the speeding laws in this country, not less. I despair, I really do.[/p][/quote]So you make out people that speed are absolute scumbags? What an idiot. So basically nearly everyone is a scumbag. I drive everyday and I openly admit I will break the speed limit at least once everyday. I also see loads of other drivers break the speed limit everyday too. Dont tell me you have never exceeded the speed limit in your life time too, because you obviously have at least once. Basildon_racer
  • Score: 0

4:21pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Basildon_racer says...

Basildon_racer wrote:
artdecofan wrote:
I am absolutely outraged by the thought that more of the absolute morons who flout the speed limit are going to be getting away with it, thanks to this move by Essex Police.

One only has to scan these pages virtually daily to see that carnage is happening on our roads, innocent cyclists and pedestrians, as well as other innocent drivers, regularly being hurt (and worse), often by unlicensed, un-taxed, speeding CRETINS.

We need MORE enforcement of the speeding laws in this country, not less. I despair, I really do.
So you make out people that speed are absolute scumbags? What an idiot. So basically nearly everyone is a scumbag. I drive everyday and I openly admit I will break the speed limit at least once everyday. I also see loads of other drivers break the speed limit everyday too. Dont tell me you have never exceeded the speed limit in your life time too, because you obviously have at least once.
Speed cameras are absolute cash cows for motorists and Im glad there cutting down on them. Give the motorist a break and focus on real crime.
[quote][p][bold]Basildon_racer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]artdecofan[/bold] wrote: I am absolutely outraged by the thought that more of the absolute morons who flout the speed limit are going to be getting away with it, thanks to this move by Essex Police. One only has to scan these pages virtually daily to see that carnage is happening on our roads, innocent cyclists and pedestrians, as well as other innocent drivers, regularly being hurt (and worse), often by unlicensed, un-taxed, speeding CRETINS. We need MORE enforcement of the speeding laws in this country, not less. I despair, I really do.[/p][/quote]So you make out people that speed are absolute scumbags? What an idiot. So basically nearly everyone is a scumbag. I drive everyday and I openly admit I will break the speed limit at least once everyday. I also see loads of other drivers break the speed limit everyday too. Dont tell me you have never exceeded the speed limit in your life time too, because you obviously have at least once.[/p][/quote]Speed cameras are absolute cash cows for motorists and Im glad there cutting down on them. Give the motorist a break and focus on real crime. Basildon_racer
  • Score: 0

10:50pm Mon 10 Sep 12

APR says...

beyond the valley of the asbos wrote:
APR wrote:
Very strange, as this is one of the few police activities which actually makes a profit.
it's all about the overtime you see.... it's as high up as the 3rd paragraph.
Cameras are often manned by officers from another area, on their days off.
[quote][p][bold]beyond the valley of the asbos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]APR[/bold] wrote: Very strange, as this is one of the few police activities which actually makes a profit.[/p][/quote]it's all about the overtime you see.... it's as high up as the 3rd paragraph.[/p][/quote]Cameras are often manned by officers from another area, on their days off. APR
  • Score: 0

11:38pm Mon 10 Sep 12

beyond the valley of the asbos says...

APR wrote:
beyond the valley of the asbos wrote:
APR wrote:
Very strange, as this is one of the few police activities which actually makes a profit.
it's all about the overtime you see.... it's as high up as the 3rd paragraph.
Cameras are often manned by officers from another area, on their days off.
think you need to put the crack pipe down
[quote][p][bold]APR[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beyond the valley of the asbos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]APR[/bold] wrote: Very strange, as this is one of the few police activities which actually makes a profit.[/p][/quote]it's all about the overtime you see.... it's as high up as the 3rd paragraph.[/p][/quote]Cameras are often manned by officers from another area, on their days off.[/p][/quote]think you need to put the crack pipe down beyond the valley of the asbos
  • Score: 0

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