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Bideford CCTV Partnership

The Bideford Town Centre CCTV System has evolved from the formation of a partnership between Torridge District Council & Devon & Cornwall Constabulary

Bideford Town Centre CCTV

The objectives of the Bideford Town Centre CCTV system are as follows:

  • To help reduce the fear of crime
  • To help deter crime
  • To help detect crime and provide evidential material for court proceedings
  • To assist in the overall management of Bideford Town Centre
  • To enhance community safety, assist in developing the economic wellbeing of the Bideford area and encourage greater use of the Town Centre, car parks etc
  • To assist the Local Authority in its enforcement and regulatory functions within Bideford area
  • To assist in Traffic Management
  • To assist in supporting civil proceedings which will help detect crime
  • Any other specific objective identified by the owners or partners of the scheme

Bideford Town Centre CCTV system comprises of a number of PTZ (operator controlled) and fixed cameras which are installed at strategic locations throughout Bideford. The cameras are manned by fully trained and experienced operators who operate the system in accordance with The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), TDC Codes of practice and TDC CCTV policy. Cameras record constantly and images are retained for 28 days before being overwritten to comply with GDPR.  All recordings are securely held within a restricted access office within Bideford Police Station and are only accessible by authorised personnel.


Torridge District Council CCTV

We use CCTV cameras to view and record individuals on and around our premises in order to maintain a safe environment for staff and visitors.  However, we recognise that the images of individuals recorded by CCTV cameras are personal data which must be processed in accordance with data protection legislation.  As a controller, we have registered our use of CCTV with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and seek to comply with its best practice suggestions.  Locations of all TDC sites operating CCTV can be seen In the Torridge District Council CCTV policy.

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