New high-tech CCTV centre in Dorchester

New high-tech CCTV centre in Dorchester

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 12:05am 17th July 2019.

The £375,000 control room aims to improve safety in the town.

There's currently 112 public space surveillance cameras in the town, with an additional 20 highways cameras.

Apart from the Highways cameras, which operate across Dorset, the CCTV centre currently covers Bridport, Dorchester and Weymouth.

The new centre features upgraded technology, including new digital radio systems, touchscreen control panels, interactive mapping software, upgraded monitors and better facilities for reviewing footage.     

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How will it be used?

By the police:

  • To detect and reduce crime
  • Pinpoint areas and patterns of anti-social behaviour

By the council:

  • General community safety
  • If someone has a fall, for example, it can be spotted straight away and appropriate emergency services alerted

By the highways team:

  • For monitoring incidents and events to keep traffic flowing
  • Ability to manually override traffic lights for certain situations (eg. last weekend Weymouth's seafood festival; Ironman and Veteran's Parade.)

The new control room will also link up directly with emergency services such as the ambulance, as well as the towns' Shop, Pub and Taxi-Watch schemes.

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The future

The system has the capability for facial and number plate recognition, which could assist in fighting crime in the county.

There's also the possibility of linking up with people needing care - if someone suddenly needs help, with the advanced CCTV it should be easier to know what help is needed.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill hopes the CCTV centre will be expanded to cover other parts of the county, including the BCP area.

Superintendent Caroline Naughton of Dorset Police said:

"This is a fantastic example of all partners involved in community safety coming together to develop a CCTV system that is fit for purpose and meets all of our needs.

"CCTV systems are vital for the prevention, detection and prosecution of crime and I am pleased that Dorset is now at the forefront of using the latest technology."

The CCTV project has been delivered in partnership by Dorset Council, Dorset Police and the Office of the Police and Crime commissioner. The Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner's Office contributed £263,000 to the project, while Dorset Council contributed £110,000.