Police in the Staffordshire Moorlands are appealing for volunteers to help keep the roads in the area safe. The call comes from Sergeant Andy Bland, of the Staffordshire Moorlands Neighbourhood Policing Team, who has provided an update on the local police force's efforts in keeping the roads safe across the district.
Police in the Staffordshire Moorlands are appealing for volunteers to help keep the roads in the area safe.
The call comes from Sergeant Andy Bland, of the Staffordshire Moorlands Neighbourhood Policing Team, who has provided an update on the local police force’s efforts in keeping the roads safe across the district.
He has also stated that he and his colleagues “are always happy for people to get involved (in helping) as Community Speed Watch volunteers.”
Sergeant Bland said: “I’ve been covering Cheadle and the surrounding areas since 2018 having led a response team at Leek police station and worked within CID.
“I have been a police officer for 25 years and have worked with the Metropolitan Police in London before serving in the RAF Police in both the UK and Germany.
“I went to school in the Moorlands and worked locally before joining up.
“I consider myself very lucky to live and work in such a beautiful area of the country and I, alongside my team, work tirelessly as to ensure we reduce crime in the area – catching offenders so we can all have a safe place to live and work.”
Sergeant Bland went on to say that part of his job in the Staffordshire Moorlands is to ensure our roads are safe.
He said: “As a result, people may have noticed over the past couple of years an increase in police activity on the roads around the Moorlands.
“We have increased the amount of time we commit to reducing the amount of people killed or seriously injured here – seeking out drink and drug drivers, speeding motorists and those that use their mobile phones or are distracted whilst at the wheel.
“However, it can be hard to do this on our own so we’re always happy for people to get involved as Community Speed Watch volunteers.
“You can really made a substantial difference to somebody’s life by getting involved.
“In addition, we will continue to do all we can to reduce speeding on our roads and we will always look to put officers and speed detection devices in place in areas of high risk or where we have received complaints.
“At this time of year we are planning the Christmas drink drive campaign which will see more officers out on the roads.
“They’ll have breathalysers and will be actively looking for vehicles to stop and check – using the information we receive about drink drivers.
“Thankfully, we have seen a reduction in serious collisions on the Moorlands but we will continue with this work to ensure those numbers keep falling.
“There have been too many local tragedies and we will do what we can to stop them from happening again.”
Anyone wishing to find out more about becoming a Community Speed Watch volunteers can go online to:www.staffordshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/wsi/watch-schemes-initiatives/csw/community-speedwatch.
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