Funds shed light on cam­era ac­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News -

LO­CAL coun­cils can ap­ply for a share in $5 mil­lion from the State Gov­ern­ment to fund CCTV in­stal­la­tion and up­grades, Po­lice Min­is­ter Liza Har­vey an­nounced last week.

The ap­pli­ca­tion process re­quires of­fi­cers-in-charge at lo­cal po­lice sta­tions to en­dorse cam­eras in “of­fence against the per­son hot spots” and for coun­cils to list cam­eras on a State Gov­ern­ment reg­is­ter.

Clare­mont Coun­cil act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Les Crichton said all en­trance and exit points in the CBD were cov­ered.

“CCTV in­fra­struc­ture within the Town has grown sig­nif­i­cantly over re­cent years and we an­nu­ally re­view sites to iden­tify where any ad­di­tional cover may be needed,” Mr Crichton said.

“This will lead to whether the Town can ben­e­fit from the avail­able fund­ing op­por­tu­nity.”

Clare­mont Coun­cil spent $13,000 on in­fra­struc­ture re­newal and $6000 on main­te­nance in the 2014-15 fi­nan­cial year.

CITY of Su­bi­aco staff are re­view­ing lo­cal crime sta­tis­tics with WA Po­lice to as­cer­tain whether Su­bi­aco needs CCTV cam­eras to com­bat crim­i­nal and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

A City spokesman said the re­view would help staff de­cide whether to progress with a grant ap­pli­ca­tion to the State Gov­ern­ment for CCTV fund­ing.

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