Introduction and Objectives
CCTV - Code of Practice
A Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) System has been introduced to Lymington, Totton and Ringwood. This System, known as the New Forest District Council CCTV System, comprises a number of cameras installed at strategic locations. Some of the cameras are fully operational with pan, tilt and zoom facilities. Secondary monitoring facilities are located at the Police Control Centre Netley, Southampton but there are no recording facilities at any location other than the CCTV Monitoring Room.
The New Forest District Council CCTV System (CCTV System) has evolved from the formation of a partnership between the New Forest District Council, Hampshire Constabulary and the New Forest Community Safety Partnership who have all certified on the previous form their acceptance of the requirements of this code.
For the purposes of this document, the System Owner is the New Forest District Council.
For the purposes of the Data Protection Act, the Data Controller is the New Forest District Council and Hampshire Constabulary. The System Manager is the Licensing and CCTV Manager, New Forest District Council. The New Forest District Council CCTV System has been notified to the information Commissioner.
Details of key personnel, their responsibilities and contact points are shown at Appendix A to this Code.
1.2 Partnership statement in respect of The Human Rights Act 1998
1.2.1 The Partnership recognises that public authorities and those organisations carrying out the functions of a public service nature are required to observe the obligations imposed by the Human Rights Act 1998, and consider that the use of CCTV in Lymington, Totton and Ringwood is a necessary, proportionate and suitable tool to help reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and improve public safety.
1.2.2 This assessment is evidenced by an agreed Operational Requirement document. Section 163 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 creates the power for local authorities to provide closed circuit television coverage of any land within their area for the purposes of crime prevention or victim welfare and it is also considered a necessary initiative by the New Forest Community Safety Partnership towards their duty under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
1.2.3 It is recognised that operation of the New Forest District Council CCTV System may be considered to infringe on the privacy of individuals. The partnership recognise that it is their responsibility to ensure that the scheme should always comply with all relevant legislation, to ensure its legality and legitimacy. The scheme will only be used as a proportional response to identify problems and be used only in so far as it is necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, public safety, the economic well being of the area, for the prevention and detection of crime or disorder, for the protection of health and morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.
1.2.4 The Code of Practice and observance of the Operational Procedures contained in the manual shall ensure that evidence is secured, retained and made available as required by law to ensure entitlement to a fair trial.
1.2.5 The New Forest District Council CCTV System shall be operated with respect for all individuals, recognising the right to be free from inhuman or degrading treatment and avoiding discrimination in relation to the rights set out in the Act on any grounds such as, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status.
1.3 Objectives of the System
1.3.1 The objectives of the New Forest District Council CCTV System as determined by the New Forest Community Safety Partnership which form the lawful basis for the processing of data are:- To help reduce the fear of crime.
To help deter crime.
To help detect crime and provide evidential material for court proceedings.
To assist in the overall management of Lymington, Totton and Ringwood.
To enhance community safety, assist in developing the economic well being of the New Forest area and encourage greater use of the Town Centres, shops, car parks, community and Tourist facilities.
To assist the Local Authority in its enforcement and regulatory functions within Lymington, Totton and Ringwood.
To assist in Traffic Management.
To assist in supporting civil proceedings which will help detect crime.
To reduce incidents of public disorder and anti-social behaviour. 1.3.2 Within this broad outline, the Divisional Commander for the New Forest, in partnership with the Chief Executive of the New Forest District Council, has drawn up, and published specific key objectives (which will be reviewed annually) based on local concerns.
1.4 Procedural Manual
This Code of Practice (hereafter referred to as 'the Code') is supplemented by a separate Procedural Manual which offers instructions on all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the System. To ensure the purpose and principles (see Section 2) of the CCTV System are realised, the Procedural Manual is based, and expands upon, the contents of this Code.