Tony Porter” the UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner” is determined to ensure that camera systems are used to protect communities rather than spy on them and has teamed up with the BSI to offer a series of workshops on the subject. It has been an eventful couple of years for those using surveillance camera systems. In June 2013, the Government published the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice containing 12 Guiding Principles for those considering using surveillance camera systems to monitor public spaces. There has been a greater take-up of CCTV systems, not just in public and town centre spaces but also in private premises to which members of the public have access (such as shopping malls and leisure centres). Meanwhile, media reports suggest that CCTV evidence is being used more widely in court. In partnership with the British Standards Institution (BSI), UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter wants to encourage Best Practice, raise standards and encourage compliance with the principles laid down in the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice. There’s an overriding desire to identify the best ways in which to help organisations” in both the public and private sectors” that must choose, specify, install and use CCTV in accordance with the Code and also find the most effective means of providing appropriate guidance and information to those who need it. Tony Porter commented:” I want to raise standards across the industry from installers through to end users. It’s really important that people have easy access to a coherent and simple set of standards. These forthcoming workshops are designed to be interactive and will give people the opportunity to shape standards that directly affect what they do.” Workshops in Manchester, Bristol and London The workshops will be taking place in Manchester, Bristol and London. Each event will look at information (standards, training and guidance) currently available to CCTV/surveillance camera users, and explore the most effective way to structure and deliver this information. These free workshops will aim to tease out exactly what information and guidance is required by users and how it should be presented and shared (with regard to private users, too) and also whether there are any gaps in existing standards and guidance. Delegates will find out about the background to providing a national framework of relevant information on standards, training and guidance for specifiers and users and hear from Tony Porter and the CCTV Standards Group about Best Practice in surveillance. The dates of the workshops are as follows’
UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner to run Standards Workshops in Manchester, Bristol and London
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.