Below is the text of the speech made by James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, at the UK Commemorative Ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 held in London on 27 January 2019.
James Brokenshire has underlined the potential benefits of the use of CCTV systems to combat crime in local communities. The Minister’s comments came as the Government published a new code of practice to encourage more effective use of surveillance camera systems and to ensure they are proportionate and more focused on aiding the fight against crime.
James Brokenshire has underlined that despite the security success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the UK cannot afford to “take its eye off the ball” in the fight against terrorism. In a keynote speech at the Royal United Services Institute the Security Minister set out some of the key challenges for combatting terrorism after the Games and how the UK was responding to an evolving threat picture.
James Brokenshire has underlined the need for early intervention and for local agencies to work together more closely to break youth offending during this week’s Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. The Home Office Minister also stressed the need to recognise the positive contribution made by young people and to ensure that they were involved in the formation of local crime prevention and community safety plans.
James Brokenshire has said that the Government is pressing ahead with implementing new laws to toughen up the response to metal theft and is examining further proposals to bring the regulation of the scrap metal industry up to date. James’s comments came during a Parliamentary debate highlighting the impact of metal theft on communities and the steps being taken to prevent the crime from occurring.
Copyright 2019 Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP for Old Bexley & Sidcup. All rights reserved.