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Cumbria CCTV Project Goes Live 30th July 2015

Tellemachus have now reached the “Go Live” phase for the new network of 53 CCTV cameras across Cumbria. This is the first phase in our seven-year contract to run the system worth £2.5m

Funding for the project has come from the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), district councils and Cumbria Police in a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour and make people feel safer.

PCC Richard Rhodes said: “CCTV will play a vital role in delivering a safe and secure environment for people who live in, work in and visit Cumbria. When I came into office in 2012, there was the real prospect of all the CCTV cameras in the major urban areas across the county being switched off. I am delighted that the CCTV scheme has now been launched”.

“This is an exciting first for Cumbria. This is an excellent example of how collaboration within the county can work well across the public sector led by the Office of the Police and Commissioner and in conjunction with the Constabulary and the six local district councils”.

“In every sense this is an innovative scheme and is the first of its type in the country. CCTV will play a vital role in delivering a safe and secure environment for people who live, work and visit Cumbria. At the same time CCTV will help in reducing anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder as well as providing proactive support for the business community”.

Cumbria Constabulary, Chief Constable Jerry Graham said: “CCTV is one of a number of important tools we can use to help solve crime and keep our local communities safe”.

“The new system will provide consistent and improved CCTV coverage across Cumbria. CCTV acts as a deterrent for would-be criminals, helps track offenders, and gather evidence. The number and location of cameras throughout Cumbria was decided following analysis of incidents dealt with by police, consultation with neighbourhood policing teams and the funding opportunities provided by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, district councils, and Cumbria Constabulary”.

Cllr Philip Tibble, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive member with the Transformation portfolio said: “We’re very pleased to have been involved with the partnership which has overseen the rolling out of this new CCTV system. It shall no doubt be an invaluable tool in crime reduction and prevention.”

Leader of Carlisle City Council, Cllr Colin Glover, said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner ‎to support the delivery of modern and effective CCTV coverage. The new scheme will provide important operational policing support and help to create a safe environment for local people and visitors to Carlisle and around Cumbria”.

The way the system had been designed means it can be extended should more funding become available.

Tellemachus Managing Director Peter Wood said “We are very pleased to have reached this important milestone for the Cumbria CCTV Project. Today’s launch reflects an enourmous amount of hard work by the joint project team of Cumbria Constabulary and Tellemachus staff and we look forward to maintaining and possibly expanding the system in the future. The system is cutting-edge and utilises the very latest in camera and IT technologies in order deliver ground breaking results cost effectively”.

“The new system also incorporates one of the Countries first “Digital Evidence Stores”, which forms the basis of the Home Office Criminal Justice Systems CDIS programme, designed to reduce costs and streamline case management”.