New CCTV system attracts international interest


A delegation of Icelandic officers has visited Dyfed-Powys Police in order to observe the force’s newly renovated CCTV system.

According to a statement from the office of the police and crime commissioner, the system consists of 123 cameras, “proactively monitored” from a centralised suite. As well as viewing the CCTV system, the international visitors also received a presentation on the use of ANPR within the force area.
Speaking of the visit, Dyfed-Powys chief constable Mark Collins said: “It’s always a pleasure to extend a warm welcome to our colleagues from the policing family overseas. There is so much we can learn from each other.
“It’s very satisfying [to think] that our new CCTV infrastructure and ANPR system is worth travelling over 1,000 miles to experience and learn from. The new infrastructure and the monitoring team are an invaluable tool which we are already making good use of within the force, for instance in order to find missing people.”
Icelandic Police chief superintendent Thorhallur Ólafsson said: “We are adapting and renovating the camera systems in our capital and on the south coast of Iceland, which was the reason for the visit. We knew that the UK has come very far in its use of this technology and made contact with the British Embassy in Reykjavik.
“There are a lot of similarities between Wales and Iceland, such as the conditions. For instance, our Metropolitan police is located by the sea, so when choosing cameras, they must be able to withstand bad conditions.”

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