Council CCTV team receives commendation from borough commander

Tower Hamlets Council’s CCTV team was recognised today at the borough commander’s commendation ceremony, with its exceptional dedication, commitment and professionalism highlighted.

Over the past five years, the CCTV control room has dealt with around 8,000 incidents. Of these over 2,500 have been proactive arrests where CCTV operators have led police to criminal activity.

The CCTV network detects and prevents street crime and is a vital tool for the council, police and community safety partners. There are CCTV operators on duty 24 hours a day monitoring at least 350 street cameras. Members of the team review CCTV on a daily basis to obtain evidence and support police with their investigations. The team was nominated by Tower Hamlets Police response officers for its continued support and expertise.

Denise Radley, Corporate Director for Health, Adults and Community, said: “It is fantastic that the Tower Hamlets CCTV team has been recognised. Using its skill and knowledge, the team identify and prevent criminal activity in the borough and play a central role in apprehending suspects. The team demonstrates the strength and importance of our partnership work with police. We know that crime and antisocial behaviour is a top concern for our residents and the CCTV team are instrumental in keeping the public safe.”

In addition to tackling crime, the team regularly provides safeguarding and support to officers on patrol across the borough and when dealing with violent situations. In many cases the team predicts the actions of people causing crime and disorder and alert police before an incident takes place.

Marcus Barnett, Detective Chief Superintendent and Borough Commander, said: "Today’s commendation ceremony was an enjoyable event for all concerned.  We heard numerous accounts of the bravery, dedication and professionalism from our staff.  

“It is sometimes easy to become complacent but some of the incidents we heard about serve to remind us all of the very real challenges our officers across the partnership face in delivering a service to Tower Hamlets and Hackney on a daily basis and I am immensely proud of what they do.”

Posted on Friday 22nd November 2019