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Funding for Cumbria wide CCTV system secured

FUNDING for a new county-wide CCTV system has been secured.

Richard Rhodes, Cumbria police and crime commissioner, has today announced he has secured £539,000 for a new CCTV system.

Police have said the system could put the county at the cutting edge of CCTV.

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.

“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.”

The new system will be monitored from a central control room at Cumbria police headquarters, in Penrith and a part-time manager is due to be appointed.

Mr Rhodes added: “We were able to demonstrate that our scheme would meet the essential criteria of the bids, in that it would help transform policing through innovation, improve collaboration and deliver savings.

“This success just shows what we can achieve for Cumbria when partners work together.”

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.”

The final decision on CCTV will be made at the executive Board on February 5 by Mr Rhodes.

Have your say

£539,000. I wonder how many officers on the beat that money would support. I wish the scheme every failure.

Posted by OCA on 20 January 2014 at 18:23

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