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Closed Circuit Television: Prosecutions

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 8 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make provision for closed-circuit television images to be copied for use by the police in criminal investigations. (176103)

Most CCTV systems have some provision for images to be copied for use by the police in criminal investigations. Many of the digital CCTV systems currently in use do, from time to time, cause difficulties to some police forces. This issue has been highlighted in the National CCTV Strategy, published on 19 October 2007.

The Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) has produced advice (available on their website) on the UK police requirements for digital CCTV systems. This guidance can significantly alleviate many of the problems that are being encountered. HOSDB are also working with the industry to influence the design of new digital CCTV systems which better map to current and future policing needs.