Ogmore representatives Huw Irranca-Davies MS and Chris Elmore MP recently visited the South Wales Police CCTV Monitoring Centre along with Bridgend Council Leader Huw David, to see the upgraded CCTV systems covering the Bridgend County Borough including Bridgend, Maesteg, Porthcawl and Pencoed town centres.

This investment for the CCTV upgrade from Bridgend County Borough Council is part of the wider ‘Safer Streets’ initiative in the area to address women’s safety, neighbourhood crime and anti-social behaviour. Old cameras have now been replaced and the monitoring centre has also been improved. This is a 24/7 operation and is worked on in partnership with South Wales Police.

The ‘Safer Streets’ programme is a joint initiative between Bridgend County Borough Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales and was recently awarded almost £750,000 of funding from the Home Office for initiatives to prevent neighbourhood crime.

The MS and MP thanked the Team for their visit and for showing them around saying: “We would like to thank South Wales Police for taking the time to explain the impact this fantastic upgrade will make in helping to keep Ogmore residents safe. This investment in new CCTV and the wider ‘Safer Streets’ initiative is something which will make a real difference to people’s lives across the constituency. With improved technology and a more flexible camera infrastructure, this will help to respond to crime and anti-social hotspots. Our thanks to all the police officers, emergency service professionals and volunteers for the work they do to keep us safe on a daily basis.”