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A half million pound investment has ‘transformed’ CCTV capability in Bromsgrove District.

Better quality cameras and for the first time deployable cameras that can be moved to areas of local community concern are now available in the district, after analogue CCTV infrastructure in North Worcestershire was upgraded to digital.

Bromsgrove District Council spent £120,000 on improved cameras as part of a £490,000 upgrade done through the North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership, together with Redditch Borough Council, Wyre Forest District Council, and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia John Campion – who provided £339,000 of the funding.

The digital upgrade also means that CCTV images can be shared more easily and in real time with police dispatchers.

The work was proposed last year and, following consultation with local residents in affected areas such as Alvechurch, Barnt Green, Hagley, Hollywood, Rubery and Wythall, was completed in February just ahead of schedule.

Cllr Phil Thomas, Bromsgrove District Council’s portfolio holder for community safety, said: “Thanks to the Police and Crime Commissioner funding the wider digital upgrade we have been able to greatly improve many CCTV cameras, and the deployable cameras will help to respond to community concerns in specific areas. We’re investing in a high quality service that helps people to feel and be safer and supports the work of the police.”

Sue Hanley, Chair of the North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership, added: “By enabling higher definition, lower costs, and increased capacity, this funding has transformed the capability of local CCTV services across the partnership which helps to deter crime, detect crime, and prevent crime.”

As part of the project the 24-hour CCTV Monitoring Centre, which covers all of North Worcestershire out of Redditch Town Hall, was also renovated with all-new equipment.

John Campion, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, said: “I have prioritised investment into the use of the latest technologies to assist with crime prevention and detection. The funding I have provided to this partnership for the installation of digital CCTV will enhance policing in the local area and help communities to not only be safe, but feel safe.”

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(L-R) Cllr Phil Thomas, John Campion and Sue Hanley inspected the improved facilities at the upgraded CCTV Monitoring Centre.