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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Cumbria-wide CCTV system would be 'fantastic development' says chief constable

Cumbria's chief constable says a planned county-wide CCTV network would be a “fantastic development”.

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Bernard Lawson

Bernard Lawson added he “absolutely” endorsed the proposed system, to be run from a modern central control room at Cumbria’s Carleton Hall police headquarters, near Penrith.

The planned locations for the core system of cameras are likely to be in Workington, Maryport, Whitehaven, Carlisle, Penrith, Kendal and Barrow.

Firm details have yet to emerge about the costs but plans show it would be “a centrally managed, 54-camera, county-wide CCTV system, operated by Cumbria Constabulary”.

The move would be a new development for a service up to now run by local authorities that came under threat in the wake of cash cuts.

The planned system was discussed at a meeting of the executive board of Cumbria’s crime commissioner, Richard Rhodes, which features senior officers.

Mr Rhodes told the meeting: “From here on we invite the constabulary to go off and get quotes.”

Mr Lawson said: “I think it is a fantastic development.

“It provides a great opportunity to deter people who are aware there is coverage taking place.”

Police chiefs have been talking to the district councils, with the local authorities, the office of the crime commissioner and the force all poised to chip in to costs.

The set-up would “create one of the largest CCTV systems in the United Kingdom in terms of its geographic reach” and would be “sustainable for the long-term”.

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