The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) and Facewatch are teaming up on a project that it is hoped will help transform the use of CCTV by moving it into the digital world of online reporting. NSI provides certification schemes audited against internationally recognised standards for the security and fire sectors. Facewatch online police crime reporting service will be added to the NSI training offer, encouraging approved companies to also roll out the system to their end user customers. Simon Gordon, Chairman, Facewatch commented:” It is essential to our national roll out plans that Facewatch can be successfully integrated into business of any size or complexity and that the quality of the CCTV system is such that the evidence uploaded to the service is useable by police and the courts.” Facewatch training and support will be provided by NSI to any company wishing to use the system as part of its CCTV security solution. Jeff Little (pictured), Chief Executive NSI says” The new NSI training and e-learning suite for Facewatch will be the catalyst which ensures that companies will be able to provide a system to their customers that will result in lower crime levels and will also help to improve the quality of CCTV evidence provided to the police services.” It will also be possible, using the key performance indicators from Facewatch to establish how effectively systems are operating to provide good evidence for police services which will help to drive up standards. According to the NSI/Facewatch release, until now CCTV has been a poor relation to the forensic approach taken by the police in the use of fingerprints and DNA. This is mainly because of the physical difficulties surrounding the collection, analysis and storage of CCTV footage. Furthermore, when poor quality CCTV imagery is provided, often in a format that cannot be viewed clearly by the police without special software, the effectiveness of the capability is greatly weakened. Many cases fail in court due to basic issues such as DVD’s not playing or disks getting lost, says the statement. The partnership seeks to address these weaknesses.