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Bodmin Town Council’s CCTV is now being monitored by Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service at their new Critical Control Centre in Tolvaddon, as featured in the January 2017 print issue of Professional Security magazine. That makes west Cornish nine towns and parishes’ monitored CCTV, since Tolvaddon started in July 2016. The main places covered are Penzance, Falmouth and Truro.
A link is being provided to the Emergency Management Centre at County Hall in Truro so the images can be accessed in emergencies such as flooding and major fires.
The Critical Control Centre has links to police and ambulance, to summon help for crimes or for anyone seen taken ill or injured.
Funded entirely by the town councils, the project, believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, also supports functions across the wider council, including out of hours highway calls.
Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Sara Kinsman said: ”Bodmin Town Council is extremely pleased to be a part of this innovative partnership with Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service to deliver an enhanced CCTV system utilising new technology, covering a wider area of the town which will help the Police address a range of community safety issues including anti-social behaviour.”
And Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker said: “I am delighted to work in partnership with Bodmin Town Council with CCTV providing an excellent tool to support our shared community safety ambitions. This is another example of our close working with partners to address anti-social behaviour and wider community safety issues through “Working Together to make Cornwall Safer”. I am confident this partnership and CCTV facility will deliver positive outcomes for residents, businesses and visitors to Bodmin.”
Famouth Custom House, picture by Mark Rowe.