Ribble Valley Borough Council monitors a borough-wide CCTV camera system that currently comprises of 32 cameras. The cameras are monitored 24 hours per day, 365 days per year at our dedicated CCTV suite.
The overall aim of using overt and proactive public surveillance CCTV is to assist in the reduction of crime and the “fear of crime”, providing a safer environment for the community across all areas covered by the system.
The objective of the Council’s system is to monitor public places within the areas covered in order to provide assistance with the following:
- To assist in the prevention, investigation and detection of crime and disorder;
- To facilitate the apprehension and/or prosecution of offenders in relation to crime and public order by using images being entered as evidence in criminal proceedings;
- To assist in ensuring public safety and the safety of property;
- To assist in the detection of notified missing persons;
- To assist in identifying incidences of anti-social behaviour and trespass;
- To prevent or mitigate interruptions to the flow of traffic on the public highway;
- To assist Ribble Valley Borough Council and the Police in investigating incidents relating to breaches of the licensing regulations;
- To assist Ribble Valley Borough Council in monitoring unauthorised depositing of litter or refuse and incidents of graffiti and dog fouling;
- To assist the Police in the operation of the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system;
- To assist the Education Authority and the Police in identifying instances of truancy from schools and colleges.
Functions of the CCTV system
The Council’s objective is aided through the provision of the CCTV system:
- being continuously and proactively monitored as far as is reasonably practicable;
- recording continuously (24/7 hours recorded surveillance);
- being a visual guide allowing assessment and management of “incident response” by the Police or other appropriate agency;
- being a provider of evidence for court proceedings;
- being able to assist in the training of CCTV operators and Police staff.
Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA)
The Council has conducted a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to aim to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of its processes for handling personal data relating to its CCTV system.
Surveillance Commisioner's Self-Assessment Tool
The Council has completed the Surveillance Commissioner’s Self-Assessment Tool to ascertain how well it complies with the 12 guiding principles of the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice (2013).
Subject Access Requests
If you wish to obtain information held on the CCTV system please telephone 01200 425111. Any release of data must comply with the provisions of the Data Protection Act (1998).