Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Crime and Disorder Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Thursday, 8th March, 2018
Time:
4.30pm
Place:
Jim Cooke Conference Suite, Stockton Central library, Church Road, Stockton, TS18 1TU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr David Wilburn (Chair); Cllr Paul Rowling (Vice Chair); Cllr Chris Barlow, Cllr Carol Clark, Cllr Kevin Faulks, Cllr Mrs Sylvia Walmsley (vice Cllr Dalgarno), Cllr Barry Woodhouse
Officers:
Jamie McCann, Marc Stephenson (CS); Judy Trainer, Annette Sotheby (DCE)
In Attendance:
Cllr Norma Wilburn (Cabinet Member)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Paul Weston, Cllr Stephen Richardson
Item Description Decision
Public
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EVACUATION PROCEDURE
The evacuation procedure was noted.
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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no declarations of interest from Members recorded.
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SCRUTINY REVIEW OF CCTV
AGREED that the information be noted and further information on CCTV coverage across the Borough be provided to Committee in conjunction with a visit to the upgraded control room.
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WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that the work programme be noted.
4.30pm-6.00pm

Preamble

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The Director of Community Services and Care for Your Area Operations Manager presented a comprehensive report on the Council's CCTV service including film footage showing the coverage and quality of the CCTV cameras.

The Council's scheme operates within the boundaries of Stockton-on-Tees and is
entirely owned and operated by the Council who are responsible for the management, administration and security of the system. The Council work in close partnership with strategic partners such as the Police, Fire and Rescue, Home Office departments and the Environment Agency.

The network comprises of 173 cameras which are monitored 24/7 in a purpose built control room. The control room are also responsible for monitoring several hundred other cameras,
lone worker devices and intruder and fire alarms for private sector businesses and is
operated on a commercial basis funded by revenue from the private sector. The vast
majority of funding from the Council is from Members' Community Participation budgets.

The service had benefitted from recent investment in the region of 80,000 from the
Council for cameras in Stockton Town Centre. Performance over the past five years was
set out in the report to the Select Committee and in 2017/18 there had been over 600
arrests, over 4000 reported incidents, 1,120 reviews carried out for the Police and 694
lines of enquiry progressed.

The main issues discussed were as follows:

•Difficulties in achieving coverage in residential areas
•The potential for joint working with other Local Authorities
•The reliance on funding from Members' Community Participation Budgets
•The requirement for a privacy impact assessment for every new camera and the need
for a proportionate response to problems
•The fast pace of improvements in technology in this area e.g. face recognition and use of drones

The Committee were satisfied that the service was operating a well-coordinated system,
and improvements to the operation of the service meant that this no longer warranted an
in-depth review. However, further information on CCTV coverage across the Borough, including
Councillor supported CCTV, was requested in conjunction with a visit to the upgraded control
room. It was suggested that the opportunity to visit the control room should also be made available to all Members.
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The next meeting to be held on 26th April 2018.

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