Aims & Objectives
Why was the CCTV User Group created?
The CCTV User Group was formed in 1996 at a time when the use of public area CCTV surveillance systems was growing rapidly in the UK with the availability of new Home Office funding via the Governments’ CCTV Challenge Competitions. At the same time, there was a lack of experience available to advise managers as to how these CCTV systems should be set up, operated & managed.
It was also recognised that whilst CCTV equipment manufacturers, consultants, suppliers and installers each had their own Trade or Member Associations, no one represented or directly provided advice & assistance to the Managers and Operators of CCTV systems. The ‘CCTV User Group’ was formed to fill this need and to represent the professional managers & operators. In doing so we reflect their needs not only at every level of central Government but also with companies involved in the provision of CCTV equipment and services.
The term ‘best practice’ is occasionally misunderstood as some believe that ‘best’ practice is subjective and what may be considered to be the best today will almost certainly be outdated tomorrow. The CCTV User Group recognises that continuous improvement should be welcomed & encouraged, and is always keen to be part of developing new approaches. Where these appear beneficial, the CCTV User Group will seek to ensure that all Members are made aware of them. In the context of the management and operation of CCTV systems, the term ‘Best Practice’ is used solely to recognise those systems and procedures which fully comply with all legal and procedural requirements and will provide compliant evidential quality images.
Our Aims and Objectives are complementary to the Government's approach to ‘Best Value’ and our Members are at the forefront of strategies to identify all the factors which affect the value & effectiveness of CCTV systems and to work to develop appropriate measurements of their performance.
In this context, technological development is also critical and those Member companies contribute greatly to inform CCTV User Group Members of technological advances and how best to maximise their use.