- CORRESPONDENCE REQUIRING ACTION:
- The Carnival Association would like to hold a car boot sale on either 3rd or 10th July 2016. (On 3rd July there is already a boot sale on Lower Park Playing fields).
- A request has been made for the Council to consider arranging a public meeting before the date of the EU Referendum on 23rd June to enable a fully-informed and open debate on the various aspects of a far-reaching decision we are each required to make. They believe three or four speakers, not necessarily all political but possibly including local businessmen, could be encouraged to offer divergent opinions and be open to questions afterwards.
- Kent and Essex Police are currently looking to expand their ANPR fixed site scheme across the force areas and part of this is looking at a new camera being installed at a location to the west of Harwich.
Information as follows:-
With any new ANPR site installation there is a requirement to carry out a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA). This is a mandatory process that has been instigated by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).
Why we use ANPR
Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology is used within Kent & Essex to help detect, deter and disrupt criminality at a local, force, regional and national level, including tackling travelling criminals, Organised Crime Groups and terrorists. ANPR provides lines of enquiry and evidence in the investigation of crime and is used by forces throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
How it works
As a vehicle passes a police monitored ANPR camera, its registration number is read and instantly checked against database records of vehicles of interest. Police officers can intercept and stop a vehicle, check it for evidence and, where necessary, make arrests. The use of ANPR in this way has proved to be important in the detection of many offences, including locating stolen vehicles, tackling uninsured vehicle use and investigating cases of major crime. It also allows officers’ attention to be drawn to offending vehicles whilst allowing law abiding drivers to go about their business unhindered.
Access to stored data
ANPR data from Kent & Essex Police is submitted to the National ANPR Data Centre (NADC) where it is stored together with similar data from other forces for a period of two years.
We have clear rules controlling access to ANPR data to ensure that access is for legitimate investigation purposes. Only officers and staff with appropriate training have access to ANPR data if it’s relevant to their role, and they may normally only do so for a maximum period of 90 days from the date it was collected.
Access to data for up to two years will be subject to the authorisation of a senior officer. After 90 days, access may only be for priority & Volume crime, serious, major or counter terrorism investigations and after twelve months only for major investigations and counter terrorism purposes.
Searches of ANPR data can confirm whether vehicles associated with a known criminal has been in the area at the time of a crime and can dramatically expedite investigations.
In addition to being mounted within police vehicles, police monitored ANPR cameras within Kent & Essex are used at fixed locations where they will help to detect, deter and disrupt criminality. In line with national policy, we do not disclose details of our fixed locations as this information is likely to be of benefit to offenders and if known could reduce the value of ANPR to policing.
National guidelines state that, if Kent & Essex Police proposes to install additional ANPR cameras, an assessment must be conducted that demonstrates a clear need, taking account of the following factors:
- National security and counter terrorism;
- Serious, organised and major crime;
- Local crime;
- Community confidence and reassurance, and crime prevention and reduction.
In assessing whether new cameras are to be deployed, a Privacy Impact Assessment will be undertaken. We will consult with persons and organisations with a reasonable interest in the proposal unless that would be contrary to the purpose of the development, namely to detect, deter and disrupt criminality.
This is where your views are required, as representatives of the local community groups. I would be grateful if you could respond to me with any positive or negative views as to the proposed installation of a new ANPR fixed camera to form part of the consultation process.
- A letter has been received from Alain Losero, who is a municipal councillor in the city of CUINCY. They are looking to launch a twinning relationship. (Cuincy is a city of 7,000 inhabitants located close to LENS and LILLE in Northern France. Further information can be found on ville-cuincy.fr
Reminder: Next Councillor Surgery:16th April 2016 – 10am – 12noon at the Parish Hall
(In attendance: Councillor J Chapman and one other)