The City of Ballarat established the CitySafe Safety Camera system in the late night entertainment precinct with the support of Victoria Police in 2008. The camera program assists Victoria Police in responding to incidents which occur within the precinct and with the collection of evidence.
The program aims to provide a safer environment and improve perceptions of safety by deterring potential offenders and helping Police with crime detection.
CitySafe Safety Cameras
Eighty-eight closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras are located in areas where anti-social behaviour or criminal activity has an increased chance of occurring in the Central Business District.
The cameras are linked to a control room located in the Police station and images are recorded 24 hours a day.
The camera's monitor and record activity within the precinct and Police are able to refer to real time images to respond to incidents.
CitySafe Safety Camera Program Committee
A CCTV Audit Committee has ongoing responsibilty for overseeing and managing the program. The Audit Committee reports to the City of Ballarat and Community Safety Advisory Committee annually on the program's progress and any issues which require further advcie or discussion. The Audit Committee consists of responsible officers from Victoria Police, City of Ballarat and a member of the Community Safety Advisory Committee and/or a local representative.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been agreed between Victoria Police as the system operators and the City of Ballarat as the systems owners.
The operation of the safety camera program is governed by protocols and procedural arrangements designed to safeguard the integrity and accountability of the program. A set of standard operating procedures is in place to guide Victoria Police in maintaining the programs integrity.
Council's Privacy Officer, as Governance Officer for the program provides a report to the CCTV Audit Committee annually regarding any complaints which have been made during the previous year.