Trafford Council has been recognised for its responsible use of CCTV – by picking up an official certification mark from the Surveillance Camera Commissioner.
The certification means the Council can prove its CCTV cameras are used responsibly and ethically to a high standard, and in compliance with the law.
The Surveillance Camera Code of Practice ensures that the use of cameras in public places is regulated and they are only used for a specified purpose. The Code aims to balance the need for cameras in public places with individual’s right to privacy.
In Trafford, CCTV cameras are used to protect public areas, deter and detect crime, assist in the identification of offenders, leading to their arrest and successful prosecution, reduce anti-social behaviour and reduce the fear of crime.
Just this week, a fly-tipper appeared in court after CCTV cameras recording him dumping waste in an Old Trafford car park.
The cameras are continuously monitored by the Council’s 24 hour Control Room. The Police are informed of suspicious incidents as they arise and can be directed to the exact location by CCTV operators.
Cllr Graham Whitham, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Communities and Partnerships, said:
To achieve official recognition for the responsible way in which we use CCTV is a real honour.
Ensuring people are safe and feel safe in the community is a priority for us and we hope members of the public will feel secure whenever they see cameras in the borough.”
Posted on Monday 5th August 2019