The WA State Government has announced $5 million in grant funding for local governments to install CCTV cameras to help combat criminal and anti-social behaviour, and respond to emergencies.
Police Minister Liza Harvey said the funding was a major plank of the Government’s State CCTV Strategy which would assist police and emergency services to access a greater number of CCTV security cameras across the State.
“The Government is pioneering an integrated CCTV network which will allow WA Police and emergency services to remotely access any compliant camera systems to help respond to emergency situations, including criminal and anti-social behaviour,” Mrs Harvey said.
“The $5 million CCTV funding pool is now open for local governments to apply to either install CCTV cameras in crime hotspots, or upgrade existing infrastructure so it can feed into the network.”
The Minister said the draft State CCTV Strategy released earlier this year provided the blueprint for how the State Government, local government and the private sector could join together to achieve this through effective use of integrated technology.
“This Government is committed to making communities safer through delivering tough laws and more police resources and CCTV has been a great tool for deterring, preventing and solving crime,” Mrs Harvey said.
“This camera network will allow police and other authorised emergency services to access any CCTV system which is part of the network and view the footage being recorded.”
Mrs Harvey said a more integrated network could be a potential game changer in preventing and prosecuting crime and anti-social behaviour.
“This will work on several levels – police can assess crime jobs almost immediately, use the vision to prosecute offenders and deter criminal behaviour,” she said.
Learn more about the draft WA State CCTV Strategy.