CCTV fund­ing cri­te­ria queries

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

ONLY bash­ing and street violence “hot spots” will be el­i­gi­ble for a share in $5 mil­lion for CCTV an­nounced by Po­lice Min­is­ter Lisa Har­vey re­cently.

“Does this ap­pli­ca­tion re­late to one or more iden­ti­fied “of­fence against the per­son” hot spot lo­ca­tion(s) con­tained in the maps ob­tained from the Of­fi­cer-in-Charge of your lo­cal po­lice sta­tion?” is one of the ques­tions de­ter­min­ing coun­cils’ abil­i­ties to ob­tain some of the funds.

Mrs Har­vey said any new cam­eras would al­low po­lice to as­sess crimes im­me­di­ately, use the record­ings to pros­e­cute of­fend­ers and de­ter crime.

She said in­te­grat­ing cur­rent CCTV with the po­lice’s Blue Iris sur­veil­lance net­work would give of­fi­cers and emer­gency ser­vices ac­cess to sites pre­vi­ously not watched.

Coun­cils will have to agree to pay for the up­keep and main­te­nance of any new cam­eras and use po­lice maps of the hot spots of violence against in­di­vid­u­als across all of Perth, to see if any are in their area.

Whether there were any western sub­urbs sites was still un­clear af­ter in­quiries last week.

Su­bi­aco Coun­cil staff were some of the first to in­quire about the City’s abil­ity to ac­cess the new CCTV funds, and po­lice ex­pect the City of Vin­cent will also in­ves­ti­gate its op­tions.

Cottes­loe Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Mat Hum­frey said an as­sess­ment of the fund­ing would likely be con­sid­ered by the coun­cil in De­cem­ber, while Mos­man Park chief ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Poyn­ton said his coun­cil would ex­am­ine ex­pand­ing its own mo­bile sur­veil­lance cam­era ca­pa­bil­ity, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal po­lice, po­ten­tially us­ing the fund­ing.

Pep­per­mint Grove chief ex­ec­u­tive John Mer­rick said while the CCTV funds an­nounced by Mrs Har­vey were to pre­vent “crimes against a per­son” and po­ten­tial sites in the shire were classed as “as­set pro­tec­tion”, the coun­cil may still make a sub­mis­sion for fund­ing.

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