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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

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Cash boost for Cumbria-wide CCTV scheme

Cumbria is set to have a new CCTV scheme funded with almost £600,000 of Government money.

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The county’s police and crime commissioner Richard Rhodes has been successful in getting a grant from the 2013/2014 Precursor Police Innovation Fund, designed to pay for new police projects across the UK.

This scheme will see 54 cameras across the county.

Mr Rhodes said: “I am delighted that the scheme, which is a joint project between the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Cumbria Constabulary and the six district councils of Eden, Carlisle, Allerdale, Copeland, South Lakeland and Barrow, has been given the go ahead.

“I am always keen to work in partnership with other public and private sector partners and this scheme will deliver benefits to the local councils and savings for the police and wider criminal justice system by faster working and sharing of information.”

Mr Rhodes said the bid had shown the system would help make police and local authorities work together and help bring about financial savings.

In total the county has been awarded £593,000.

The CCTV system would be monitored from a control room at police headquarters in Penrith.

Final approval for the project will come at the next meeting of the commissioner’s executive board, which takes place on February 5.

Deputy Chief Constable Jeremy Graham said: “This is a great step forward in the process for providing consistent and improved CCTV coverage across Cumbria. We are working closely with the police and crime commissioner and local councils to ensure we can deliver the best CCTV system possible, once the project has had final approval.

“CCTV is a very valuable tool for helping us to solve crime and keep our communities safe.”

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