Sarah McKenzie

An English bobbie on Downtown security cams


Paul Valentine adds his insight as Downtown's outdoor camera network prepares to go live

Paul Valentine is a bobbie -- the English equivalent of an American cop. He is a retail

crime liaison officer (similar to a SAFE officer) in Northampton, a city about an hour north of London, with 260,000 residents. Northampton has been using closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) for 15 years in an effort to deter crime; currently, it has more than 300 cameras. He specializes in information sharing between businesses and police officers.


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