The City’s public areas CCTV service has CCTV systems in a variety of public spaces throughout the City and operates these with the following aims:
- Deterring criminal and anti-social activity
- Monitoring and recording criminal and anti-social activity in progress and initiating response actions
- Assisting Police with their investigations where related intelligence is held by the City
- Enhancing community confidence and supporting the use of public areas
- Supporting City event coordination, graffiti control, parking services, emergency management and other activities in public areas
The City cooperates closely with the WA State Government and WA Police on strategies to ensure CCTV is implemented and utilised in an effective and responsible manner.
The City’s public areas CCTV systems focus only on publicly accessible spaces and do not record private properties or activities. All recorded CCTV footage is stored securely and is not available to the general public unless ordered by a legal ruling or granted under the Freedom of Information Act 1992.
Australian Government’s Safer Streets Programme
The City is partnering the Australian Government in a project on Shenton Avenue and Lakeside Drive in Joondalup to:
- Upgrade area and street lighting at road intersections to improve lines of sight and support community safety.
- Install five new public areas CCTV cameras to expand the City’s CCTV coverage into public spaces around these two roads.
The project works will be carried out east of Grand Boulevard and south from Shenton Avenue on Lakeside Drive to Boas Avenue. The public areas CCTV cameras will be controlled from City Administration and will be a key tool used in managing these public spaces, reporting crime or suspicious activity and supporting the activities of the WA Police.
The Attorney General’s Department has assisted with the provision of grant funding from the Australian Government through its Safer Streets Programme for this project which has been developed in line with:
- The City’s Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan 2014/18 specifically the Partnering for Safety Key Focus Area (strategies 18 and 19) and Safe Places and Spaces (strategies 5 and 6)
- The aims and requirements of the WA State CCTV Strategy.
City of Joondalup and WA Police Memorandum of Understanding
In May 2016 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by both the City of Joondalup and WA Police. The MOU outlines the understanding that the City will share CCTV data with WA Police to further enhance the safety and security of the Western Australian community. The MOU together with the inclusion of the public areas CCTV cameras on a state register will ensure that WA Police and authorised agencies can have timely access to high value CCTV footage to support community safety and security initiatives.
State CCTV Strategy Connected CCTV Solution
The City of Joondalup is partnering with the State CCTV Strategy in the pilot phase of its ‘Connected CCTV Solution’. This is a solution being developed under the State CCTV Strategy that will enable emergency service providers (‘Clients’) to access data from CCTV recording systems that are owned, managed and operated by a range of other public and private sector entities (‘Donors’).
Clients will only access CCTV data via the Connected CCTV Solution:
- Following a critical incident in which the lives or safety of members of the public are or may be at risk, in order to coordinate the delivery of emergency services and/or response of law enforcement officers
- To gather intelligence and/or evidence to assist in the prevention of crime or terrorist activities
- To gather evidence following a critical incident
- For a purpose that is otherwise required by or under law