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Operation Close Pass

The Safer Roads Partnership and operational policing teams from both Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police are in the process of developing the Operation Close Pass scheme and will be rolling it out across both force areas in due course.

The Close Pass initiative was adopted by West Midlands Police in 2016 with an aim to reduce the number of cyclists killed or injured on the region's roads.  Close passes are intimidating and nationally account for around a third of all threatening incidents between drivers and cyclists.  Rolling out the initiative across both force areas will help to safeguard cyclists and educate road-users about safer overtaking.

The initiative uses plain clothes officers on bikes equipped with front and rear facing cameras.  Any vehicle seen to not pass with the recommended distance (1.5 metres) is pulled over to a suitable location and offered the opportunity to have a short educational input using material provided by Cycling UK and Rospa.

This page will be updated when the scheme goes live. In the meantime, you can find out more about Operation Close Pass in the West Midlands Police area here.