The Group uses closed circuit television (CCTV) to:
- help reduce the fear of crime for service users and employees, particularly for those entering and leaving premises during the hours of darkness;
- assist in the prevention and detection of crime against persons and property;
- facilitate the identification, apprehension and prosecution of offenders in relation to crime.
The Group will adhere to the following principles:
- cameras will not be hidden from view;
- signage will inform the public and employees of the presence, purpose and ownership of the CCTV system;
- cameras will be positioned to avoid impinging on the privacy of individuals not visiting the premises and not involved in unlawful activity;
- the systems will not be subject to live monitoring or control, except at Miles Platting where staff or contractors monitor building access;
- images will be retained for a maximum period of 30 days and only viewed if an incident comes to light;
- recorded images will be secured safely and only viewed by authorised persons.
The Group will make available CCTV footage when requested (on DVD or other suitable means) to:
- law enforcement agencies, where it is believed that the images will assist in a legal enquiry;
- prosecuting agencies;
- legal representatives;
- the media, where a decision has been made by the police that the footage is needed to assist in identification of the perpetrator of a criminal incident (the wishes of the victim will be taken into account);
- fulfill the requirements of a subject access request by an individual, including employees.
The Group’s CCTV installations include a number of workplace locations. Where images captured on CCTV support allegations or reveal evidence of gross misconduct, the Group reserves the right to use these images in bringing a disciplinary case against an employee for gross misconduct.