A new CCTV scheme for Cumbria has secured the £539,000 needed to get it off the ground.
Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes applied to the government for the cash boost.
The scheme once up and running would provide county wide CCTV coverage run from police headquarters in Penrith.
“ I am delighted that the scheme, which is a joint project between the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Cumbria Constabulary and the six District Councils of Eden, Carlisle, Allerdale, Copeland, South Lakeland and Barrow, has been given the go ahead.
“Through our bid we were able to demonstrate that our scheme would meet the essential criteria of the bids, in that it would help transform policing through innovation, improve collaboration and deliver savings”
– Richard Rhodes, Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner
It's hoped that the new CCTV system will help fight anti social behaviour.
One of Cumbria's MPs says questions should be asked about why the county's police force spent so much time and money investigating a whistle-blowing case - only for it to end with no charges being brought.
The 6 month investigation followed the leaking of information about the Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes's expenses.
However, MP Tim Farron says the decision not to prosecute vindicates his view that these were whistleblowers and not criminals.
The MP for South Lakes, Tim Farron, has commented on the news that no one will be prosecuted after a six-month long police investigation into a whistle-blower who leaked a crime commissioner's expenses claims for chauffeur-driven cars.
"I welcome the news that the final person who remained under investigation over the Richard Rhodes leaked documents case has been released without charge.
"This is good news and vindicates what I and others have been saying for months - that these people are whistleblowers and not criminals."
“The Police have spent a huge amount of money and time on this investigation while disrupting the lives and careers of a number of people by these arrests.
"Given that people in Cumbria sometimes feel let down by the way the Police allocate resources, questions should be asked about why the Force spent so much time and resources on a case that affected the constabulary itself when we have finished with no action being taken.”
Police in Cumbria have released the following statement in relation to news that a woman who works for Cumbria Police, will not face criminal action over an alleged leak about the expenses of Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes.
"The criminal investigation by Cumbria Constabulary, launched after police received concerns that information was leaked to the media relating to the Police and Crime Commissioner, is now complete.
"A 50 year old woman, an employee of Cumbria Constabulary, arrested on suspicion of data protection offences and misconduct in a public office on 10 April 2013, will face no criminal action.
"A misconduct investigation will now commence in relation to any internal breach of the Code of Conduct. She remains suspended from work.
"Cumbria Constabulary’s staff and police officers have a duty to protect and manage the information they have privileged access to.
"Any allegations relating to a breach of this position need to be investigated to ensure our communities can have trust and confidence in the way we deliver policing in the county."
Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes, says that he fully supports the decision to invite Stuart Hyde back to work:
“I fully support the decision of Temporary Chief Constable, Bernard Lawson to invite Mr Stuart Hyde back to Cumbria Constabulary as his Deputy until Mr Hyde's retirement in December.
“As Police and Crime Commissioner, my position on the events of the last few months is clearly outlined in detail in the various documents issued on 27th August and that, together with my conclusions, remain unchanged. I have nothing to add.
"However, it is important to appreciate that that view was relevant to the post of Chief Constable, who is held to account by the Police and Crime Commissioner.
“What will happen now is that Mr Hyde’s return to work in his previous role as Deputy Chief Constable will be managed by Mr Lawson in his capacity of Temporary Chief Constable until such time as the process of recruiting a permanent Chief Constable for Cumbria can take place.”
– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria
Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes, says that all areas will need to be considered when looking at spending cuts. He's already pledged to protect frontline services for two years. Police budgets are set to face a less than 6% cut.