We have received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following:
Costs of CCTV surveillance, as a) national figure and b) per camera and c) the per annum cost of employing a single police officer per annum.
We released the following information on 25 May 2011.
In relation to the cost of CCTV, the Home Office has previously provided some central funding to establish schemes. This amounted to:
• £38.5m provided to local areas between 1994 -1999 under the CCTV Challenge Competition - which funded 585 schemes nationwide, and;
• a further £170m which was made available under the Crime Reduction Programme - funding a further 680 schemes.
This was all capital funding (i.e. to purchase assets) and running costs were met locally. These figures do not include any local spending on schemes, or private sector schemes. It is not, therefore, possible to provide a total national figure for spending on CCTV systems, nor a per camera figure.
The most recent period for which figures on police personnel costs are available is the financial year 2009/10. Derived from data on total employment costs for the England and Wales police service1, and published police numbers2, the average cost of full-time employment (including salaries, employer’s National Insurance contributions, employer’s pension contributions, allowances and overtime) of a police officer was £54,808.
- Source: Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) 2009/10 2. Source: Home Office Statistical Bulletin on Police Service Strength in England and Wales for March 31st 2010