The CCTV Partnership was formed when three local authorities — Maidstone Borough Council, Gravesham Borough Council and Swale Borough Council — delegated their CCTV function to Medway Council. The CCTV Partnership was officially launched in December 2012.
Transferring three Local Authority CCTV networks to one central location in Medway has enabled four councils to increase and sustain their operating hours to 24 hours a day, throughout every day of the year. The Partnership has significantly reduced each council’s CCTV operating costs, whilst also improving the quality of service provided. This has allowed MCG to install the most up-to-date equipment and share best practice.
A unique Partnership Model — developed and agreed by all four Partners — governs the four Local Authority CCTV infrastructures. The CCTV Partnership Model has brought immediate financial benefits. It has also enhanced expertise and built greater capacity. Consequently, a more robust and resilient service has been provided, in a critical area that demands high standards. Greater transparency and clearer responsibility have also been delivered through the Partnership Model. This has enabled CCTV to become responsive to a wide range of stakeholders.
Medway Commercial Group
Medway Council’s former CCTV department (Medway Control Centre) become a limited company in April 2016. The new company, Medway Commercial Group (MCG), has two subsidiaries, with Medway Public Services Ltd (MPS) being responsible for the ongoing CCTV Partnership.
Since inception, the successes have been significant and include:
- Financial savings through economies of scale
- Service sustainability and resilience
- Cross boarder surveillance network
- Improved service quality
- Enhanced staff development opportunities
- Technological advances
- Increased negotiating capabilities
- Positive community and media feedback (including ITV news)
The potential for expanding the CCTV Partnership increases as austerity continues to bite.
If you would like to know more about our CCTV Partnership please call 01634 567999 and ask for Vikram Sahdev, Head of Medway Commercial Group’s CCTV Partnership, who will be pleased to speak with you.
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