Welcome to the West Mercia Police Road Safety team, covering Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire
Our aim is to reduce the number of people killed and injured on the roads across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire.
Alongside other operational teams within West Mercia, the Road Safety team delivers the Roads Policing and Road Safety Strategy.
Working with agencies across the four counties, we aim to reduce collisions and casualties on the roads through speed enforcement, engineering, road safety education, training courses and awareness raising campaigns.
We work in partnership with many other agencies to improve the safety of the roads. These include the four local highway authorities in West Mercia (Herefordshire Council, Shropshire Council, Telford & Wrekin Council and Worcestershire County Council), District and Parish Councils, Highways England, Fire and Rescue Services for Hereford & Worcester and Shropshire, Her Majesty's Courts Service (HMCS), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and NHS Primary Care Trusts.
We operate from a number of locations across the force area, including Droitwich, Telford, Hindlip, and Leominster. The specialist team is made up of police staff and officers. Departments include: Operations, Communications, Data and Performance, Enquiries, Film Reading, Traffic Management and the Camera Ticket Office (CTO).
While many people are already aware of the speed enforcement activity carried out across West Mercia, the role of the team extends far beyond this. Activity is structured around the Three E's - Education, Engineering and Enforcement.
The team manage and deliver a range of education, training and publicity programmes throughout the year, targeted at priority groups of road users who are identified as being at greatest risk of harm, based on casualty and collision data.
Engineering matters in relation to road safety are the responsibility of Traffic Management Advisors (TMAs) who work within the Road Safety team and act as the focal point for professional advice and police representation in relation to current and proposed highway schemes, highway and traffic legislation and safety matters.
The team manages a structured speed enforcement programme, operating within strict, self-imposing guidelines, covering casualty reduction but also community concern.