Po­lice chief vis­its new CCTV hub

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

THE county’s elected po­lice chief has paid a visit to a new state-ofthe-art CCTV hub de­signed to tackle crime.

Clive Grun­shaw, Lan­cashire’s Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner, vis­ited the cen­tralised hub, which cov­ers cam­eras across Hyn­d­burn, to see it in ac­tion after fund­ing £100,000 to­wards its launch.

Based in King Ge­orge’s Hall in Black­burn, the hub cov­ers nearly 250 cam­eras across East Lan­cashire. Mr Grun­shaw vis­ited the hub to look at how it was in­creas­ing safety for res­i­dents since be­com­ing op­er­a­tional in Fe­bru­ary.

It op­er­ates 24/7 ev­ery day of the year and ac­cesses both CCTV im­ages along­side shop and Pub Watch ra­dios and po­lice ra­dios. Footage from the hub can be shared to larger po­lice sta­tions across the county, with op­er­a­tors able to record live in­ci­dents and pin­point of­fi­cers to ex­act lo­ca­tions of crimes as they hap­pen.

Mr Grun­shaw said he hopes this type of ‘in­no­va­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion’ can be a model for fu­ture pro­jects.

He said: “It’s fan­tas­tic to see this state-of-theart hub in ac­tion, work­ing for the peo­ple of East Lan­cashire – CCTV cam­eras are an in­valu­able aid to the po­lice, both aid­ing with in­ves­ti­ga­tions and also de­ter­ring crim­i­nals from com­mit­ting of­fences.

“It’s vi­tal that our com­mu­ni­ties have the best equip­ment avail­able to them to pro­tect res­i­dents and busi­nesses and help build safe and con­fi­dent com­mu­ni­ties.”

PCC for Lan­cashire Clive Grun­shaw vis­ited the new CCTV hub which cov­ers Hyn­d­burn

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