Use of Closed Circuit Television Cameras by Cleveland Police
Cleveland Police operate Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) systems in a number of ways and locations in the Cleveland Police area.
These are in the form of fixed location visible CCTV cameras, vehicle mounted cameras, Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras (ANPR), body worn camera/hand held camera and covert (hidden) cameras
The camera systems are operated in line with the Information Commissioners CCTV Code of Practice and other legislation to ensure the use of the camera will be to meet a legitimate aim or pressing need. The main reasons for this are for public safety and prevention of disorder or crime, though they can be used for a number of other reasons.
Fixed location visible cameras
Generally these cameras are used to cover the public facing areas of police stations both inside, including the custody suite, and outside, around the perimeters. the main reason for this is to act as a deterrent, provide security to our buildings and safety of those visiting those buildings
CCTV camera use will be indicated by a sign as shown.
Vehicle Mounted Cameras
Vehicle mounted cameras are used in Police cars and vans. Those on the vans are mounted on a stalk on the roof of the van. Road Policing Unit (RPU) vehicles use cameras and recording equipment to capture those committing offences, also to be able to show offenders what they have done wrong or to present best evidence at court. Vehicles used may be marked or unmarked.
Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology is used within Cleveland Police to help detect, deter and disrupt criminality at a local, force, regional and national level, including tackling travelling criminals, Organised Crime Groups and terrorists. ANPR provides lines of enquiry and evidence in the investigation of crime and is used by forces throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. ANPR web page
How it works
As a vehicle passes an ANPR camera, its registration number is read and instantly checked against database records of vehicles of interest. Police officers can intercept and stop a vehicle, check it for evidence and, where necessary, make arrests. The use of ANPR in this way has proved to be important in the detection of many offences, including locating stolen vehicles, tackling uninsured vehicle use and uncovering cases of major crime. It also allows officers’ attention to be drawn to offending vehicles whilst allowing law abiding drivers to go about their business unhindered.
Officers who are wearing or carrying hand held video cameras will identify themselves as such through conversation or visible badging. The camera itself will be clearly visible and are used to capture those committing offences, also be able to show offenders what they have done wrong or to present best evidence at court.
Covert cameras will not be used in any format unless specifically tasked in writing, by the issue of a Regulation Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) request which will be signed by the authorising officer. The request will specify the object to the targeted and the nature of the operation and shall only be for as long as necessary for the evidence to be gathered.
• Fixed visible
HQ Ladgate Lane
Coulby Newham PS
Redcar & Cleveland HQ
Redcar Police Station
Southbank Police Station
North Ormesby Stables
• Vehicle mounted
Marked Police vehicles which have CCTV capability will be clearly marked with sign
In addition to being mounted within police vehicles, ANPR cameras within Cleveland Police are used at fixed locations where they will help to detect, deter and disrupt criminality. In line with national policy, we do not disclose details of our fixed locations as this information is likely to be of benefit to criminals and, if known, could reduce the value of ANPR to policing.
Privacy and Data Protection
All personal data obtained via any of the Cleveland Police systems shall be processed fairly and lawfully and shall only be processed in the execution of the achieving the certain objectives. As with all personal data, individuals have the right to the respect for their privacy and family life. For more information about general data protection, follow this link. For more information about how we use personal data follow this link.
ANPR data from Cleveland Police is submitted to the National ANPR Data Centre (NADC) where it is stored together with similar data from other forces for a period of two years.
We have clear rules to control access to ANPR data to ensure that access is for legitimate investigation purposes. Police officers and Police staff only have access to ANPR data if it is relevant to their role and the majority of those who have permission may only do so for a maximum period of 90 days from the date it was collected. Some staff are authorised to access data for up to 2 years subject to authorisation of a senior officer. After 90 days, access may only be for serious, major or counter terrorism investigations and after 12 months only for major investigations and counter terrorism purposes.
Searches of ANPR data can confirm whether vehicles associated with a known criminal has been in the area at the time of a crime and can dramatically speed up investigations leading to a prevention of a crime or an early arrest following a crime. We do not use ANPR to detect speeding offences.
Future and continued use
National best practice states that, if Cleveland Police proposes to deploy additional CCTV cameras, an assessment must be conducted that demonstrates a clear need, taking account of the following factors:
• national security and counter terrorism;
• serious, organised and major crime;
• local crime;
• community confidence and reassurance, crime prevention and reduction.
In assessing whether new cameras are to be deployed, a Privacy Impact Assessment will be undertaken. We will consult with persons and organisations with a reasonable interest in the proposal unless that would be contrary to the purpose of the development, namely to detect, deter and disrupt criminals and their criminality.
Cleveland Police will also regularly review the location and use of all cameras, in the context of the above criteria, to make sure that the continued deployment remains justified. All reviews will include consideration of the impacts on privacy.
The Chief Constable is the data controller for all CCTV systems operated within Cleveland Police.
Any requests for information or complaints should be made via the appropriate department from the contact us page