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(6) Are the same rigorous testing procedures that are applied to speed cameras also applied to CCTV cameras; if not, why not;

(7) Is the data or vision from CCTV cameras retrieved by an independent operator other than police, or are police themselves able to access and download vision from CCTV cameras in the first instance.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) It is too resource intensive to obtain this information, however the Chief Minister’s Department in conjunction with ACT Policing, is currently undertaking a full review of issues surrounding CCTVs in Civic. Please note that of the 15 cameras, 12 are operational at this time. While cameras 9, 10 and 11 are out of service, it is anticipated that camera 11 will be operational before the end of September.

Regarding the issue of monitoring in particular, no police personnel are dedicated to the full time monitoring of the CCTVs as this is conducted on an operational needs basis

(2) As with the response for question one in relation to the monitoring of the CCTVs, there is a review underway and a response cannot be provided at this time.

(3) The Code of Practice permits staff of the Australian Federal Police to operate the CCTV system. This may include non-sworn staff. All personnel who operate the system must have the approval of the designated ‘Manager’ of the Civic Safety Camera System. The appointed manager is currently the ACT Policing Superintendent of North District.

(4) The Civic Safety Camera System is monitored on an operational needs basis, for example during major events such as New Years Eve and Summernats. At other times, it may be used reactively by ACT Policing to assist in the response to, or investigation of incidents or offences. If video is required for review, this will occur within the confines of the City Police Station. Several ACT Policing staff members are trained to access, retrieve and review this video.

(5) In November 2003, camera 10 (located on the Bunda Street footpath opposite Garema Arcade) was removed by building contractors undertaking construction works in this area. To date, camera 10 remains out of service.

(6) The ‘testing procedures’ applied to speed cameras in the ACT, occur in accordance with the Road Transport Act 1999 and in particular, the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Regulation 2000. Section 104 articulates how often, by whom and the general specifications involved with regards to the testing and measurement of traffic offence detection devices. Similar legislative provisions do not apply to CCTVs.

(7) See responses 3 to 4.

Emergency Services Authority—funding
(Question No 500)

Mr Pratt asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 23 August 2005:

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