As part of the National Surveillance Camera Day 2019, Chatterbox group has been invited to Bournemouth CCTV control room.
19:59 25 February 2020
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Community Safety Team has invited the Chatterbox group to their CCTV control room at Bournemouth Police Station as part of the National Surveillance Camera Day 2019.
The group, which is composed of young people with disabilities between the ages of 12 and 25 years old, spent their time at the station learning how to use the cameras and how they are being utilised by the police force in mapping and producing evidence.
Poppy who works within the project said: “Being able to visit BCP council’s CCTV unit has been a fantastic experience for the young people from The Chatterbox Project. With a range of disabilities, many of these young people feel unsafe when venturing into the town centre so having the opportunity to observe Bournemouth through the eyes of a CCTV camera and speak and ask questions to such friendly and kind camera operators has been a fantastic way to enable young people involved to gain a deeper understanding of how BCP Council’s CCTV unit operates and in turn feel safer.”
Tony Gleason, CCTV Manager at BCP, said: “We really enjoyed the visit. We discussed why we have CCTV, how it makes people feel safer and how it helps the police. They learnt how to use the cameras, identified digital masking of private properties and the areas where we have CCTV cameras. Some of them had excellent computer skills and a good eye for detail.”