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.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.