CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) has come a long way in the borough since it was introduced at Mitcham Town Centre in December 1994 in response to concerns from residents about protection of the area’s recently completed £1 million worth of building works.
Originally introduced as an eight-camera pilot project with a small control room in the Merton Council Civic Centre, the service has since grown rapidly to include 170 cameras.
The CCTV control room hours of operation have also grown with 24-hour operation introduced in the late 1990’s and more staff employed, allowing some of the busier shifts to now be covered by two operators instead of one.
In partnership with Remploy, the Council recruited its three initial CCTV operators using a scheme called Interwork, aimed at training local people with disabilities to work locally.
Andrew Judge, Leader of Merton Council last week celebrated ten successful years of the scheme in the CCTV Control Room with a cake and small reception. In attendance were representatives from Mitcham Police Safer Neighbourhoods Team, Neighbourhood Warden Scheme and Mitcham businesses. A special guest was Jovan Eyoma who was also celebrating his tenth birthday.
Andrew Judge, Leader of Merton Council said:
“The CCTV service has continued to build a strong working partnership with the police and is seen as an essential part of the borough’s Crime and Disorder Strategy as well as a key partner to lots of other street-based services like wardens, parking officers and housing officers.”