Bodmin Town Council become ninth town to monitor CCTV from Critical Control Centre

Bodmin Town Council are pleased to announce that CCTV is now being monitored by Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service at their brand new Critical Control Centre in Tolvaddon.

CFRCS Service have been monitoring CCTV for 8 town and parishes since July 2016 and is pleased that Bodmin will become the ninth town to be monitored from the fantastic facility at Tolvaddon. 

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The state of the art cameras are active 24 hours a day seven days a week, providing high quality digital images which can be used to support police prosecutions. A link is also being provided to the Emergency Management Centre at County Hall in Truro so the images can be accessed in emergency situations such as flooding and major fires. 

The Critical Control Centre have direct links to the police and ambulance services, this means they can also summon immediate help for acts of crime or for anyone they see who have been taken ill or injured in an emergency. 

CCTV is essential as both a deterrent and evidence source to support our work and our partners to reduce anti-social behaviour in our communities, providing just one example of how we are working together to make Cornwall safer. 

Funded entirely by the Town Councils, the aim of this innovative project, believed to be the first of its kind in the country, is to enable key services to deliver against such priorities as a reduction in crime and ensuring further contributions to community safety, in terms of preventative proactive work, are provided. It also establishes greater links within the communities we serve and with other partners and emergency services. The Critical Control Centre also supports functions across the wider Council, including out of hours highway calls. 

Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Sara Kinsman said: ”Bodmin Town Council is extremely pleased to be a part of this innovative partnership with Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service to deliver an enhanced CCTV system utilising new technology, covering a wider area of the town which will help the Police address a range of community safety issues including anti-social behaviour.” 

Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker said, “I am delighted to work in partnership with Bodmin Town Council with CCTV providing an excellent tool to support our shared community safety ambitions. This is another example of our close working with partners to address anti-social behaviour and wider community safety issues through “Working Together to make Cornwall Safer”. I am confident this partnership and CCTV facility will deliver positive outcomes for residents, businesses and visitors to Bodmin.”    

For further information please visit to Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service website.

Story posted 10th August