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The role of CCTV in modern policing-

The problem of course, is that with only a relative few CCTV "professionals" having received any formal training or indeed having served an apprenticeship of fire, the overall level of technical and operational knowledge within the industry, leaves an awful lot to be desired.

So we have a situation where customers who are eager to part with their money, are being advised, reassured, and in many cases criminally ripped off, by some installers who really shouldn’t have been allowed to give up their day jobs.

So where does that leave us?

Well, if Doktor Jon was convinced that there was a will within the CCTV industry to get its house in order, at least one good nights sleep might be possible; but the truth of the matter is that like many aspects of modern life, money is the main motivator, and knowledge, which is of course a thoroughly valuable commodity in itself, is something that the average punter is less than willing to pay for.

In order for things to improve, there must first be an acceptance that things are not right, and unfortunately, that really only ever happens when the words pear and shaped are used in the same sentence as brown stuff and fans.

Before we get down to the nitty gritty, why not ponder this simple thought for a moment.

In a simplistic way, when it comes to many forms of criminal activity, increased detection generally increases deterrence. If CCTV is to become the wonder tool that politicians believe, but us mere mortals have a slightly more realistic view about, then technical and operating efficiency must be radically improved, and as a matter of priority.

And would it surprise you to know that police officers may well be in the best possible position to do something about it.

From personal experience, Doktor Jon would have to say that most operational police officers appear more than willing to learn CCTV basics, if only they were given the opportunity.

The role of CCTV in modern policing - continued >>

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