Further to our previous blog entry, we have tracked down the minutes of the various meetings at which Inspector Paul Morgan of South Hams East expressed his views on CCTV.
On 16th June Morgan addressed an informal meeting of Totnes council about the possible introduction of a CCTV system in the town. The minutes note:
Inspector Morgan stated that in his personal opinion, he does not favour CCTV. It is not a deterrent, but a reactive system of policing. CCTV cameras do not affect the behavior in terms of anti-social behaviour or alcohol abuse, and these types of incidents can be targeted specifically by other means.
On 1st September Inspector Morgan handed out copies of Bruce Schneier's article "CCTV Doesn't Keep Us Safe, Yet the Cameras are Everywhere" to a meeting of the full council. As documented by the minutes:
Inspector Morgan stated that there were alternatives to CCTV and this is good investigative police work, which normally obtains the same results at the end of the day.
What a shame more police are not willing to come out and defend good police work over the civil liberty destroying and costly charade that is CCTV.