Councillors back CCTV centre investment

Halifax Town Hall
Halifax Town Hall

Calderdale councillors have backed plans to continue investment in a CCTV centre for the borough.

CCTV is used to monitor public spaces; the places that we share, socialise and travel through every day and the CCTV Centre monitors cameras across the borough 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Over the last six years CCTV in Calderdale has led directly to around 1,500 arrests and has assisted the Police in a further 12,000 incidents.

Cabinet members voted in favour of proposals to continue investment inthe centre which “acts as a communications hub for a range of agencies working in partnership to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, respond to emergency and critical incidents and assist with event management”.

The council said that the centre has been pivotal in securing and retaining the Purpple Flag status - which recognises Halifax town centre as a safe place on a night out.

Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for communities, Coun Steve Sweeney, said: “The work of the facility often goes unrecognised, but knowing they are there is a reassuring presence. It acts as a deterrent; helps prevent crime, and can also help to gather evidence when a crime is committed.

“The figures speak for themselves; the amount of arrests and assists the CCTV team has helped gather evidence for is amazing.

“We need to make sure the network is updated, the investment needed now is a small price to pay to keep people safe and local businesses secure.”