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Council one of first to gain new CCTV accreditation

Staffordshire Moorlands CCTV system has become one of the first in the country to gain accreditation against new industry standards following a recent independent inspection and audit.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council provides an effective public space CCTV system across the area which supports the many other areas of community safety work undertaken in partnership with the police and other organisations.

The system's monitoring centre, management and data control procedures and operator training came under the spotlight when auditors assessed the scheme against the British Standard and the recently introduced Surveillance Camera Codes of Practice.

Successful completion means the Council is now one of the first to hold both certifications.

Councillor Brian Johnson, cabinet member for community safety, said: "CCTV plays a key role in driving down crime and anti-social behaviour and helping local people to feel safer in their neighbourhoods.

"But any system is only as good as the people who administer it so it is pleasing that the recent audit and inspection, which looked at our operational and management processes, was successful and we can now say that Staffordshire Moorlands is amongst the first councils to hold both certificates. It's a great result and testament to the professionalism of all those involved in providing and operating the CCTV service."