Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster has welcomed the new network of state-of-the-art CCTV cameras that are making a big difference to public safety in Chesterfield.
Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster joined members of Chesterfield Borough Council’s Community Safety Team in the town centre to celebrate the completion of the Safer Streets initiative.
Chesterfield Borough Council secured £432k from the Home Office’s Safer Streets 2 Fund to invest in practical measures to prevent burglary, theft and vehicle crime – work fully supported by the Commissioner.
The project, which concluded at the end of March, has delivered 24 new CCTV locations across the area and 45 upgraded cameras capable of securing high-quality footage to help deter crime and provide vital evidence for prosecution.
The high-tech resources also include deployable cameras that can be quickly moved to monitor hotspots across the town centre and in parks and 360-degree rotation cameras that provide unrivalled coverage of an area.
Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster said: “This project shows partnership working at its best and reflects the commitment of both the Community Safety Team and Chesterfield Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team to tackle the issues that impact on the lives of local people.
“Technology has a vital role to play in deterring offending and securing evidence to bring perpetrators to justice – both of which improve public confidence. It also supports operational police work and I have no doubt the additional coverage provided by these cameras is helping in the fight against crime.
“Reducing neighbourhood crime and anti-social behaviour are key priorities in my Police and Crime Plan and equipment like this boosts those efforts. There is always more to do but I am impressed with the strong partnership working underway between the police and community safety managers in tackling local problems and supporting the community here in Chesterfield.”
Picture Shows: The Commissioner with Shaun Morley (Chesterfield Borough Council’s Head of Community Safety and Regulatory Services), Andy Bond (Town Centre Operations Manager) and Luke Harding (Parking & CCTV Supervisor)
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