Police to increase use of CCTV footage

Western Bay of Plenty police are planning to make more use of the city's security cameras to track down dangerous drivers.

Police will be ramping up their crack down on the regions worse drivers and will be working with the Tauranga City Council to use footage captured on the city's 370 cameras.

Western Bay of Plenty police acting area commander Inspector Zane Smith says currently they generally need to get a warrant to get access to council CCTV camera footage.

The Council is currently working on a policy on how the images are collected and used which is a Privacy Commission requirement.

Councillor Terry Molloy who’s also the AA's Bay of Plenty district council chairman says as far as he know the council and police have always worked together to try and keep the roads safe.

“The cameras are monitored 24 hours and if something happens the council cooperates with police,” says Terry.

“Increasing population is building up pressure on our roads.

“More and more drivers are getting frustrated, acting in dangerous and even criminal manner.

 “The extreme behaviour of drivers are dangerous and police use of CCTV footage in recent years has helped control criminal behaviour at night on the Strand.”


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