PCC's investment in CCTV
The PCC’s Investment in CCTV supports the PCC’s and Chief Constable’s shared vision for ‘Safe, Resilient and Connected Communities’, connecting communities and policing together, in order to deliver our local policing promise to ensure that policing is Accessible, Responsive, Informative and Supportive.
What we said:
The PCC pledged to help local authorities who wish to make better use of CCTV to keep communities safe. CCTV benefits police investigation and detection, and is important in helping to prevent anti-social behaviour. CCTV also plays an important role in helping to reassure the public, protect vulnerable people and workers in the night time economy, and assists in finding missing adults and children.
Capital grants have been offered to local authorities who decide to install CCTV systems and join the growing network of local systems which will be connected to the major police and local authority control rooms across Devon and Cornwall.
What we did:
In Cornwall there are now 11 towns connected into the Cornwall Fire control room in Camborne, receiving active monitoring for four days/evenings each week, as well as 24 hour recorded monitoring. Several more towns are expected to join during 2019.
In Devon the PCC has offered capital grants to 3 control rooms to date so that they can upgrade to become monitoring hubs and provide monitoring services on a similar basis to Cornwall Fire. 3 towns have decided to install or upgrade systems, and will connect into one of the hubs, with 10 more in the process of receiving quotes prior to making formal decisions at council meetings.
Monitoring Hubs and Towns which have been awarded capital investment grants:
|Cornwall Fire control room||Stoke Village (Plymouth)|
The PCC’s investment is now seeing a succession of modern, high specification CCTV systems going live across Devon and Cornwall, and this roll out will continue over the coming months. Police officers have welcomed this investment as CCTV is a powerful tool supporting operational activity in a variety of ways.
Over £200,000 has been awarded or committed by the PCC in capital grants so far, with a similar level of investment to follow during 2019.