Runnymede's public CCTV network is one of just five per cent of systems in the UK awarded a top rating by the Government's Surveillance Camera Commissioner.
The Safer Runnymede control centre in Addlestone has just received a level two certification for compliance of its surveillance camera systems.
There are 496 cameras connected into the Council-run network, which is regularly used by the Police to prevent crimes or track criminals. The dual purpose contact centre is also used to respond to Careline calls, to search for missing people or respond to personal alarms.
Operators can track problems with graffiti, reports of fly-tipping and Anti-social behaviour. They can also provide evidence of road traffic collisions and respond to alarm activations from council premises.
Cllr Nigel King, chairman of the Council's Community Services Committee said: "Having seen Safer Runnymede in operation, I am not surprised by this glowing endorsement from the Surveillance Camera Commissioner.
It is tremendous that the well regarded, and highly comprehensive local system is recognised in this way. The re-accreditation is a testament to the committed work Safer Runnymede carries out every day on behalf of local people and businesses."
The Borough's CCTV cameras monitor around 20,000 incidents each year. The certification means residents can be assured cameras are operated ethically and legitimately to an appropriate standard.
CCTV is an important resource used to bring justice and gather evidence against crime. It enables easier detection of offenders, saves police valuable time and may free witnesses from the potential trauma of giving statements.
You can find out more about Safer Runnymede here.