The CCTV User Group welcomes the appointment of Fraser Sampson as the new independent Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner (BSCC). The appointment was announced on March 9, 2021, by the UK Home Secretary. The new BSCC combines two roles that were previously separate offices: the Surveillance Camera Commissioner and the Biometrics Commissioner. Previously held by two part-time appointees, the new role is a full-time position. Promote compliance with the Surveillance Camera Code The UK Home Office said in a statement that Fraser Sampson, who took up his post on March 1, 2021, will promote compliance with the Surveillance Camera Code and rules on police use of DNA and fingerprints. Peter Webster, Director of The CCTV User Group, welcomed Fraser’s appointment, stating “We welcome the appointment of the new commissioner to oversee and promote compliance with the CCTV Code of Practice. Fraser comes to the office with excellent credentials, and we look forward to working with him in his new role to promote high standards in the use of CCTV surveillance for public safety and security.” Importance of public space CCTV systems The members of the CCTV User Group welcome the appointment of Fraser Sampson" Ilker Dervish, Vice Chair of The CCTV User Group, commented “The members of the CCTV User Group welcome the appointment of Fraser Sampson as the new Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner as a clear confirmation that the Home Office continues to recognize the importance of public space CCTV systems in our communities.” Ilker Dervish adds, “We are sure that Fraser Sampson’s experience and expertise will be a valuable contribution to the continuing development of regulations, guidelines and standards signposting a clear path to more effective and professional use of video surveillance systems.” CCTV Code of Practice The position of Surveillance Camera Commissioner had been unfilled since the departure of Tony Porter in December 2020. Tony held the office and successfully promoted the code of practice for seven years. The CCTV Code of Practice is based on a document originally produced by The CCTV User Group, which was adopted and developed by the first SCC, Andrew Rennison.
The CCTV User Group is delighted to welcome Tom Reeve to the team as the organization’s new Chief Communications Officer. In this newly-created role at The CCTV User Group, Tom will be responsible for coordinating communications with members and non-members to deliver member services, increase the group’s profile and build membership. CCTV and Cyber security expert Tom has more than 20 years of experience in the UK security industry and has held a range of positions in respected UK publications during his career, including as editor of Security Management Today, SecurityNewsDesk.com and CCTV Image. More recently, he was deputy editor of SCMagazineUK.com, a journal for the cyber security profession. He is currently working as an independent writer and editor, producing a range of security and technology content. I can honestly say he is a true professional and always delivers to the highest standard" Peter Webster, Director at THE CCTV User Group, stated “I have known Tom for many years. We first met when he was working on CCTV Image magazine and came to Slough to interview me for an article. I have always enjoyed reading his work. I can honestly say he is a true professional and always delivers to the highest standard.” Security industry veteran Peter adds, “I am truly delighted to have Tom joining us and look forward to seeing his impact on the work we are doing to innovate further for the CCTV User Group members and business partners.” Tom commented on his appointment, “I’m delighted to be invited to work once again with the CCTV User Group, an organization I have known for years and with whom I enjoyed a very successful working partnership in the production of CCTV Image magazine. I’m relishing the opportunity to work with Peter to help realize the group’s communications strategy and build value for our members.”