Copy of email received Tuesday 9th November, 2010
Mobile CCTV Van Takes To The Road Tuesday 9 November 2010
The fight against crime and anti-social behaviour has taken to the road in Wakefield district with the introduction of a CCTV van.
Police and partners unveiled their latest weapon on bonfire night when the van hit the streets for the first time to help maintain the safety of crowds attending bonfire events in the district.
The van was deployed for patrols around Ossett as the town's bonfire, which drew crowds of around 3,000, took place. It later moved on to Wakefield city centre to ensure the safety of night-time revellers.
The vehicle is owned by Wakefield Council and operated under a joint funding agreement with Wakefield District Police. Purchased second hand from another local authority it is clearly marked and highly visible bearing the logos of the Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership (Police, Council, Wakefield and District Housing).
The van is equipped with powerful roof-mounted CCTV cameras which are linked by mobile technology to the council CCTV control room. It can also record its own TV images to on-board recording devices.
It will be appearing at anti-social behaviour hot spots across the district and will primarily be used by Neighbourhood Policing Teams to tackle local problems reported by members of the public at Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meetings.
Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Marc Callaghan believes that the van will be a great asset, saying: “Mobile CCTV vans act as a deterrent to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour, assist the prosecution of those who are determined to behave in such a manner and provide a highly visible means of reassurance to members of the community. I am delighted that we now have this highly effective tool at our disposal.”
Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Olivia Rowley said: "CCTV is an excellent tool in helping us tackle antisocial behaviour. By combining the technology on this vehicle with the expertise of our CCTV control room and the police we are in an even stronger position to make our streets safer."
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