Gran Chris Tyler will soon see the streets of Spalding from 16 miles away.
Chris (63) doesn’t have super powers, but became a super hero a couple of years ago as an unpaid, part-time volunteer working in the CCTV control room at Spalding Police Station.
South Holland’s outdated CCTV system is about to be switched off and replaced by 25 cameras linked to a professional monitoring centre in Boston.
For the first time, streets in Spalding, Holbeach and Crowland will be watched 24/7 by trained experts.
Chris has already joined the ranks of the fully trained and paid professionals at Boston – while still working her last few shifts as a volunteer – and says the difference in the two systems is vast.
She said: “It’s amazing. The images from the Boston cameras are very much clearer and the cameras are easier to move – that makes it better for monitoring and reviewing. It’s a lot, lot quicker.
“Everyone is qualified, everyone’s a trained CCTV operator and the equipment is really good – it’s a proper, state-of-the-art CCTV control room, which is what Spalding deserves.”
Chris first became involved after seeing a plea for volunteers put on Twitter by Spalding police inspector Jim Tyner.
CCTV operators can alert police to all manner of things – such as fights or when someone needs help – and Chris says some moments get her adrenalin going. “Other times you are just sitting watching life go by,” she said. “When I first started it seemed odd leaving the station and then walking down the streets I had just been looking at.”