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Police CCTV to deter dirty staff

CCTV is to be installed in the kitchen of a Brighton police station to deter messy officers, it has been revealed.

Staff based at the city's John Street station have been told that a surveillance camera will be fitted in the rest area to act as a "deterrent".

Ch Supt Graham Bartlett said since the kitchen was refitted a small minority of people had misused the facilities.

Brian Stockham, chairman of the Sussex Police Federation, described the measure as "somewhat excessive".

Mr Bartlett said no extra money was being spent on the camera because it was already owned by Sussex Police.

Surveillance concerns

He added: "Eight hundred divisional officers and staff have access to a new kitchen and rest room facility at Brighton police station.

"Unfortunately a small minority of people have been misusing the facilities provided by public money.

"I have, therefore, had to reluctantly take the decision that, in order to protect these facilities, we will use an overt camera to dissuade people from spoiling the facility for others."

"I'd much rather be spending our police budget on neighbourhood policing than on any repairs which may arise," he said.

Mr Stockham said Sussex Police should be bringing officers and staff into line rather than using surveillance.

He also voiced concern about what abuses of facilities police chiefs could monitor in future.

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