Methodology used in CCTV trial on Cowley Road

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Please supply details of the methodology being used to assess the trial of CCTV equipment installed on the Cowley Road, Oxford, in January 2009.
What data is being used for comparison purposes before the installation of cameras?
Over what time period was this comparative data collected?
What data is being collected for the trial?
What controls will the study use?
Please supply details of any control areas to be used.
What independent assessment will there be of the trial?
On what date will the trial be completed?
On what date will the cameras be removed?
On what date will the trial data be made publicly available?
What interim reports will be produced during the trial and when they will be published?
Please indicate the criteria that would constitute a success of the trial.
Please indicate the criteria that would constitute a failure of the trial.
Please state the action to be taken if the trial is a success.
Please state the action to be taken if the trial is a failure.

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Brewer

HUGHES Martin, Oxford City Council

Dear Mr. Brewer,
Thank you for your Freedom of Information enquiry dated
February 27th. I shall provide a response within 20 working days, as
required under the Act.

Yours sincerely,

Martin Hughes

Project manager & Acting Freedom of Information Officer
Oxford City Council
St. Aldate's Chambers
St. Aldate's
Oxford
OX1 1DS

Tel: 01865-252669

Cheers,

Martin

Martin Hughes
Project manager
Oxford City Council
St. Aldate's Chambers
St. Aldate's
Oxford
OX1 1DS

Tel: 01865-252669

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HUGHES Martin, Oxford City Council

Dear Mr. Brewer,
Thank you for your Freedom of Information enquiry dated
February 27th; please accept my apologies for the delay in replying. I
have set out the answers to your questions below:

Please supply details of the methodology being used to assess the trial
of CCTV equipment installed on the Cowley Road, Oxford, in January 2009.

The review will comprise an assessment of crime and anti-social
behaviour statistics, camera usage and, where possible, an assessment of
the change in pleas by defendants. In addition, the review will include
an assessment of incidents involving CCTV by incident type.

What data is being used for comparison purposes before the installation
of cameras?

Crime and anti-social behaviour statistics.

Over what time period was this comparative data collected?

Data is available from January 2007.

What data is being collected for the trial?

Crime and anti-social behaviour statistics, camera usage data and
incidents involving CCTV by incident type.

What controls will the study use?

An assessment of crime and incident statistics in surrounding areas and
across the city.

Please supply details of any control areas to be used.

This has yet to be decided.

What independent assessment will there be of the trial?

The assessment will be undertaken by Oxford City Council in partnership
with Thames Valley Police.

On what date will the trial be completed?

That is yet to be decided.

On what date will the cameras be removed?

The cameras will be removed if the Oxford Safer Communities Partnership,
a partnership involving the police, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire
County Council and other agencies decide that there is no benefit in the
cameras remaining in their present location.

On what date will the trial data be made publicly available?

The Oxford Safer Communities Partnership have yet to decide when the
trial data will be publicly available.

What interim reports will be produced during the trial and when they
will be published?

None

Please indicate the criteria that would constitute a success of the
trial.

The nature and resolution of anti-social behaviour incidents. The level
of usage of individual cameras. Where possible the level of guilty
pleas due to CCTV involvement. Levels of assistance for public safety
and vulnerability incidents.

Please indicate the criteria that would constitute a failure of the
trial.

Low usage of the cameras in identifying and assisting in the
prosecutions of offenders. Low level of usage of the cameras in
assisting public safety problems and vulnerable people.

Please state the action to be taken if the trial is a success.

The cameras remain in situ.

Please state the action to be taken if the trial is a failure.

Some or all of the cameras will be removed or re-sited.

I hope this assists, but if you disagree with
any part of this response you are entitled to ask Oxford City Council
for an internal review of the decision(s) made. You may do this by
writing to The Monitoring Officer, Oxford City Council, The Town Hall,
Blue Boar Street, Oxford, OX1 4EY. If, after the result of an internal
review, you are still not satisfied, you may ask the Information
Commissioner to intervene on your behalf. You may do this by writing to
The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely,

Martin Hughes

Project Manager & Acting Freedom of Information Officer
Oxford City Council
St. Aldate's Chambers
St. Aldate's
Oxford
OX1 1DS

Tel: 01865-252669

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