Runnymede Borough Council's CCTV has been recognised as operating to the highest national standards.
The use of the technology and its monitoring by the Safer Runnymede Team from the control room in Addlestone has been awarded the Surveillance Camera Commissioner's highest accreditation. This recognition is only held by around 10 per cent of more than 300 local authorities operating CCTV systems.
To gain the accreditation, the Council had to demonstrate to a visiting team from the National Security Inspectorate as the accreditation body that the systems comply fully with the provisions within the Protections of Freedoms Act 2012 and the surveillance camera code of practice.
Surveillance Camera Commissioner
In awarding the certificate of compliance to Runnymede, Tony Porter, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner for England & Wales, said: "By successfully engaging with the accreditation bodies and my certification scheme, an organisation, and more importantly the public, may be reassured that surveillance camera systems which intrude upon their privacy are being demonstrably operated ethically and legitimately to an appropriate standard.
"I acknowledge your excellent and most commendable commitment in that regard arising from your engagement with this process."
In the last year the CCTV operation, which covers Runnymede and Spelthorne as well as train stations in the area, was used in more than 7,000 incidents. Images gathered went on to support investigations carried out by Surrey Police as well as the Metropolitan Police Service and British Transport Police. Since the control centre in Addlestone opened, the team behind the cameras have directly assisted in more than 3,000 arrests.