IN response to PL Cartlidge's comments on CCTV in Wirral as a serving police officer I find his comments ill-thought out.

The facts are CCTV does deter crime and is a proven asset in the gathering of evidence.

The service provided by the hardworking Council staff is excellent and I can assure him very professional and is not a secret security force.

As an example the evidence gathered from cctv during the disturbances in Birkenhead proved valuable in convicting those responsible.

P B, by email