Minehead CCTV partnership is looking for volunteers to operate the town’s CCTV cameras in a bid to reduce crime and disorder.

The partnership, which includes Minehead Town Council, West Somerset Council and Avon and Somerset Police, is looking for local people to become police volunteers at the CCTV office, based in the town’s police station.

Acting area inspector Neil Dillon said: “CCTV is a valuable tool in deterring people from committing crimes as well as providing evidence that can be critical in tracking down criminals and bringing them to justice.

“We are inviting people with an interest in improving community safety to get involved. “The volunteers are valued members of a professional team, and we would love to hear from anyone who wishes to help.”

The volunteers would normally be asked to work between two and four hours, controlling the system and monitoring the images.

They will also liase with the Shop Patrol and Pub Watch schemes and the police, working with them when incidents occur. If you are a good communicator, reliable and can work without supervision then the partnership would like to hear from you. While some experience of CCTV would be helpful, it is not essential and full training will be given. All successful candidates will be subject to police vetting and security procedures.

For more information about the volunteer posts, call the partnership’s CCTV coordinator on 01823-363521.