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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Project team set up for Cumbria-wide CCTV system

A project team is ready to roll on a new county-wide CCTV system, it has been revealed.

Richard Rhodes photo
Richard Rhodes

Plans for a countywide camera network have already been hailed as a “fantastic development” by Chief Constable Bernard Lawson.

Concrete details have not yet been revealed but plans show it would be a centrally managed, 54-camera, countywide system, all operated by the police.

The matter was discussed at a meeting of the executive board of Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes. It was announced that a project team has been set up and is ready to work on the system.

Mr Rhodes said: “We are slipping behind the timescale, and if it’s all agreed and we know what we are doing, then why have an extra meeting?

“We need to drive it on. That’s where we want to be.

“The feedback we have got from the district councils is that they approve of it.”

Previous reports suggest the network, if constructed, would be one of the biggest in the UK.

It would run from a central control room at Cumbria police headquarters near Penrith.

Bosses believe that it should be sustainable into the next decade. At one time it was feared there would be no system at all.

Assistant chief constable Jerry Graham said: “It could be potentially one of the largest in England and Wales, and we share the desire to get on with this. There’s a project team ready to rock and roll on it and ensure that we get the system in place this year.”

The subject of CCTV cameras was thrown into the spotlight when cash cuts and job losses meant live monitoring of Carlisle’s system was stopped.

Other authorities have made similar cuts but Carlisle’s system continues to record.

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