Tony Porter – the UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner – is determined to ensure that camera systems are used to protect communities rather than spy on them and has teamed up with the BSI to offer a series of workshops on the subject.
It has been an eventful couple of years for those using surveillance camera systems. In June 2013, the Government published the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice containing 12 Guiding Principles for those considering using surveillance camera systems to monitor public spaces.
There has been a greater take-up of CCTV systems, not just in public and town centre spaces but also in private premises to which members of the public have access (such as shopping malls and leisure centres). Meanwhile, media reports suggest that CCTV evidence is being used more widely in court.
In partnership with the British Standards Institution (BSI), UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter wants to encourage Best Practice, raise standards and encourage compliance with the principles laid down in the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice.
There’s an overriding desire to identify the best ways in which to help organisations – in both the public and private sectors – that must choose, specify, install and use CCTV in accordance with the Code and also find the most effective means of providing appropriate guidance and information to those who need it.
Tony Porter commented: “I want to raise standards across the industry from installers through to end users. It’s really important that people have easy access to a coherent and simple set of standards. These forthcoming workshops are designed to be interactive and will give people the opportunity to shape standards that directly affect what they do.”
Workshops in Manchester, Bristol and London
The workshops will be taking place in Manchester, Bristol and London. Each event will look at information (standards, training and guidance) currently available to CCTV/surveillance camera users, and explore the most effective way to structure and deliver this information.
These free workshops will aim to tease out exactly what information and guidance is required by users and how it should be presented and shared (with regard to private users, too) and also whether there are any gaps in existing standards and guidance.
Delegates will find out about the background to providing a national framework of relevant information on standards, training and guidance for specifiers and users and hear from Tony Porter and the CCTV Standards Group about Best Practice in surveillance.
The dates of the workshops are as follows…
4 November: London (*Fully booked)
10 November: Bristol (The Bristol Hotel, Bristol)
19 November: Manchester (Palace Hotel, Oxford Street, Manchester)
Timings: 10.00 am-3.00 pm
*To book your place visit: http://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/forms/events/2014/CCTV-Workshops/