CCTV funding criteria queries

ONLY bashing and street violence “hot spots” will be eligible for a share in $5 million for CCTV announced by Police Minister Lisa Harvey recently.

“Does this application relate to one or more identified “offence against the person” hot spot location(s) contained in the maps obtained from the Officer-in-Charge of your local police station?” is one of the questions determining councils’ abilities to obtain some of the funds.

Mrs Harvey said any new cameras would allow police to assess crimes immediately, use the recordings to prosecute offenders and deter crime.

She said integrating current CCTV with the police’s Blue Iris surveillance network would give officers and emergency services access to sites previously not watched.

Councils will have to agree to pay for the upkeep and maintenance of any new cameras and use police maps of the hot spots of violence against individuals across all of Perth, to see if any are in their area.

Whether there were any western suburbs sites was still unclear after inquiries last week.

Subiaco Council staff were some of the first to inquire about the City’s ability to access the new CCTV funds, and police expect the City of Vincent will also investigate its options.

Cottesloe Council chief executive Mat Humfrey said an assessment of the funding would likely be considered by the council in December, while Mosman Park chief executive Kevin Poynton said his council would examine expanding its own mobile surveillance camera capability, in collaboration with local police, potentially using the funding.

Peppermint Grove chief executive John Merrick said while the CCTV funds announced by Mrs Harvey were to prevent “crimes against a person” and potential sites in the shire were classed as “asset protection”, the council may still make a submission for funding.