CCTV centre wins award for disturbance monitoring

By on 08/12/2011 in News
 A Birmingham control centre which played a key role in monitoring events and collecting evidence for the police and local authority, during this summer's disturbances, has won official recognition for its work from the local police authority. 

Birmingham City Council's control centre will receive the 'Police Authority Community Service Award' at a special event being staged by West Midlands Police Authority this Thursday (8th Dec) to acknowledge the key role played by more than 145 police, members of the public and partner organisations during the disturbances. 

Based in the city centre, the control centre operates and monitors hundreds of CCTV cameras in public spaces throughout the city. 

Their work during August, when they witnessed and recorded more than 200 hours of footage of looting, criminal damage and other offences taking place, has proven key to securing many arrests and convictions over recent months of those responsible. 

“Many of those receiving awards played a huge and important part in the successful outcome during those turbulent few days and many displayed exceptional courage and bravery,” said Chief Constable Chris Sims. 

“We felt that it was only right and proper to record our thanks - and the thanks of many members of the community - in such a way.”

The City Centre Street Wardens, Stephen Cox, Tony Hazel, Mike Jones, Sonny Sandhu, Carl Taylor and Brian Ward, are also due to receive an award for the frequent patrols they continued to undertake as well as liaison with retailers and businesses affected by the disturbances.   

 

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For more information contact Simon Houltby 0121 303 3503 

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