Transforming CCTV for North Wales

An innovative region-wide CCTV system will be realised with £800,000 from the Welsh Assembly Government.

The six North Wales Authorities, supported by North Wales Police, have successfully bid for funding to revolutionise CCTV in the region from the Invest to Save fund.

Currently monitored by six separate and very different schemes, the proposal is to cover the region with a single, co-ordinated camera network.

Sharing services across North Wales’ boundaries will deliver significant savings for the Councils involved and help manage effective responses from the police and other emergency services.

The bid for funding was led by Conwy County Borough Council at a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style interview Cardiff.

Conwy’s Chief Executive Byron Davies said:

“I’m delighted that we have been successful in securing funding for this multi-million pound project. This announcement means we can progress with developing a state-of-the-art regional CCTV centre which, when completed, will probably be amongst the best in Europe.”

“It is also pleasing to note that out of the 103 projects submitted, with 17 successful, the presentation for our joint project was commended. I would personally like to extend my thanks to all those involved in the project for their assistance and for their commitment to ensuring a successful outcome.”

“Ultimately, this project is about working together in North Wales to tackle crime and disorder and reduce the fear of crime in our communities.”

Ch.Supt Simon Humphreys from North Wales Police said:

“This successful bid is another example of partnership working in North Wales. We’ll share resources and expertise to help make North Wales a safer place.”

The next step in the project will be a meeting of all Chief Officers later this month, to consider the appointment of a Project Manager.