The Public have a right to expect Surveillance Camera Systems as one measure to help keep them safe and secure. This is only possible where Systems are fit for purpose, operated effectively, transparently and in compliance with any relevant legal obligations.
CCTV Systems used correctly play a proactive and reactive role in identifying where crimes may be taking place, are taking place and assist in the detection of crimes to secure convictions of offenders. They are also used effectively for searching for vulnerable people and with other welfare issues.
The Government are fully supportive of the use of Overt Surveillance Systems in Public Spaces and the Home Office have appointed a Surveillance Camera Commissioner (firstname.lastname@example.org) to ensure that local Systems are used to keep safe, protect and support the Public as much as possible.
The Commissioner has produced 12 Guiding Principles to enable any organisations using Public Space Surveillance Cameras to identify they are meeting the required standards. These Guiding Principles are included in the Police and Local Council Partnership Codes of Practice and Gloucestershire are committed to achieving accreditation for the use of their CCTV Systems. The main aims for these guidelines are to ensure that the Data Protection obligations are met in full, CCTV is used appropriately and to promote total transparency in the use of the Surveillance System in Public Spaces.