POLICE officers investigating a crime will be the only authorities able to access images taken by Bathurst Regional Council's CBD closed circuit television (CCTV) network.
A new policy governing the objectives and operation of the CCTV network will be tabled at council's monthly meeting on Wednesday night.
It comes just a fortnight after the federal government committed $400,000 from its Safer Communities Fund towards the CCTV network.
Council has also committed $250,000 to the project which will comprise 27 new cameras in the Bathurst CBD, including 12 fixed cameras and 15 pan-tilt zoom cameras.
The CCTV policy, developed in consultation with Bathurst police, highlights that there will be no live monitoring of images from the cameras but information will be stored for the sole purpose of assisting police in the investigation of a crime.
"This CBD CCTV scheme is aimed at the detection and conviction of offenders," the policy states.
"Council and police recognise that the presence of CCTV can have a deterrent effect on crime and antisocial behaviour within the CBD, whilst contributing to a greater sense of safety in the community.
"... The CCTV cameras will not be monitored by council but will capture images that can be used to assist police. Police may intermittently view live images provided by the CBD CCTV scheme."
Council will be responsible for funding the CCTV rollout as well as maintaining the equipment and providing images to police, on request.
While there will be no live monitoring, a monitor will be placed inside the Bathurst police station for "passive monitoring only".
"Access to and use of recorded material will only take place in compliance with a police request in connection with an investigation of crime and nothing else," the policy states.
"... Reasonable steps will be taken to protect information gathered through public place CCTV from misuse or inappropriate disclosure."
Police will be responsible for destroying footage provided to them once it is no longer needed.
Under the policy, all complaints in relation to management and operation of the CCTV network will be sent to council general manager David Sherley.