Approval For CCTV In St. George’s & Dockyard

June 29, 2016

At their meeting yesterday, Cabinet approved the contract for the expansion of the network to St. George’s and Dockyard, Minister of National Security Jeff Baron said today [June 29] in the Senate.

CCTV is an effective tool in the modern era of policing. Since the implementation of the enhanced network in other parts of the Island, crimes have been prevented, investigations enhanced and valuable evidence provided for prosecutions in the Courts,” Minister Baron said.

“While this promise was made before the recent uptick in criminal activity in St. George’s, the action of this Government in advancing the expansion of the network is timely and warranted.

“With Dockyard set to host the principal events surrounding the America’s Cup, the expansion of CCTV to this area will go some way towards fulfilling Bermuda’s security obligations for the event. This added layer of security for the site will add to our ability to host an event of this magnitude in the safest possible fashion.

The CCTV monitoring center:

CCTV Monitoring Centre Generic Bermuda, April 28 2016-2

“I would be remiss if, as part of this statement, I did not address the renewed call for a police station in St. Georges. In frank terms, it is police presence that enhances safety and deters anti social behaviour, not a bricks and mortar structure,” continued Minister Baron

“The recent robbery in St. George’s, in which a man has already been charged, was solved speedily because the police were on patrol in the town in spite of their “station” being at Southside.

“Police officers out of buildings, engaging with the community is what we must support. ‎It is the officers’ presence that we need and that need is being met through sensible deployment of police officers by the Commissioner and his senior command.”

The Minister’s full statement follows below:

Madame President, the expansion of the CCTV network was a Throne Speech promise this government made in November 2015. I am pleased to advise Senate that at its meeting of yesterday, Cabinet approved the contract for the expansion of the network to St. George’s and Dockyard.

Madame President, CCTV is an effective tool in the modern era of policing. Since the implementation of the enhanced network in other parts of the Island, crimes have been prevented, investigations enhanced and valuable evidence provided for prosecutions in the Courts.

While this promise was made before the recent uptick in criminal activity in St. George’s, the action of this Government in advancing the expansion of the network is timely and warranted.

Significant infrastructure exists as part of the existing contract with the service provider and as such this expansion will form an addendum to that existing contract. This will ensure system integrity and monitoring continuity within the existing framework for CCTV Island-wide.

Madame President, with Dockyard set to host the principal events surrounding the America’s Cup, the expansion of CCTV to this area will go some way towards fulfilling Bermuda’s security obligations for the event. This added layer of security for the site will add to our ability to host an event of this magnitude in the safest possible fashion.

Madame President, I would be remiss if, as part of this statement, I did not address the renewed call for a police station in St. Georges.

In frank terms, it is police presence that enhances safety and deters anti social behaviour, not a bricks and mortar structure. The recent robbery in St. George’s, in which a man has already been charged, was solved speedily because the police were on patrol in the town in spite of their “station” being at Southside.

Police officers out of buildings, engaging with the community is what we must support. ‎It is the officers’ presence that we need and that need is being met through sensible deployment of police officers by the Commissioner and his senior command.

Madame President, in a few short months I look forward to further confirming to the Senate, the residents and businesses in Dockyard, and the people of St. Georges in particular that the expanded network is functional and supporting the important security needs of these areas poised to play significant parts in the revitalization of Bermuda’s tourism and the economy.

Thank you, Madame President.

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  1. watching says:

    SO basically, another OBA broken promise.
    In 2012 they promised a police station.
    Today Baron says a station isn’t necessary.

    You know what, its not as important as to whether the police station is necessary or not, BUT it is the constant disregard for election promises in so many areas that the OBA has shown.

    I guess the OBA does contradict itself as MP Glenn Smith articulated.

  2. question????? says:

    I thought we had 0 in the bank account. Now we have more money.

  3. reddamtibi says:

    I figure it should be the choice of the people as to whether or not they can be monitored by the people elected to serve them…