CCTV volunteers needed to keep townspeople safe
POLICE in Launceston have issued an appeal for more CCTV operators to man the town's cameras.
For the past three years the cameras have been operated under a community scheme, the Launceston Community CCTV Project.
Police chiefs said the cameras had been an extremely effective tool in preventing crime and keeping the people of Launceston safe, resulting in many convictions.
Now, however, more volunteer operators were needed.
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Town PC Johnny Haynes said: "For the whole time the project's been operational, the system has been staffed exclusively by volunteers from the public.
"The time has come that the project needs more members of the public to step forward and volunteer for this very rewarding position."
One operator said: "Volunteering is a rewarding and valuable use of my time.
"I feel that I put something positive back into my community, and feel I have an opportunity to keep people safe in my town, and put a stop to antisocial behaviour."
All volunteers are fully trained and are expected to commit to working on Friday or Saturday evenings from approximately 9pm until around 1am, on a fortnightly rota system.
PC Haynes said: "If you're looking to do something worthwhile where you can make a real difference to the people in the town, and can commit yourself to a few hours at the weekend, then come and have a chat with us and see what it's all about and how you can help."
Anyone interested in helping is invited to contact PC Haynes at Launceston police station on 01566 771419 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org