WIGAN residents can rest assured they are being looked over by a top team at the CCTV department. For the council team has been given a silver accreditation by the National Security Inspectorate.
It’s the first time the team has gone in for the accreditation in 10 years and they were given the silver status on their first application thanks to high-tech facilities and security services.
CCTV and risk manager, Terry Bolton said: “This accreditation is for the management and operation of CCTV schemes. To get it they look at codes of practice, recording and retention disciplines and the administration side of the security room.
“We’ve got one of the best control rooms around and run a 24-hour service so this accreditation just tells everyone else how good we are. It also means we can start to go out and think about doing work for the private world.
“It ticks the box for insurance and income generation streams.
“It’s been a lot of effort by the whole team and they’ve worked really hard so I’m pleased it’s paid off.”
Council chief executive Donna Hall said: “We’re delighted to get a silver award at the first attempt for accreditation.
“It’s testament to the team and how hard they work. It’s also really exciting because it means we can look at working with outside companies to offer a service.
“With such steep budget cuts which lie ahead it will be vital to look at income sources such as this.
“The sheer fact we can compete in the private industry shows how good the service is.”