Po­lice com­put­ers are cut­ting edge


CHESHIRE Po­lice has be­come the first force in the UK to in­tro­duce a new high­tech com­puter sys­tem to run its con­trol room.

The SAFE plat­form re­places seven sep­a­rate sys­tems to an­swer calls, man­age in­ci­dents and de­ploy of­fi­cers.

The sys­tem also maps out CCTV cam­eras and pro­vides a live link to any cam­era in a par­tic­u­lar area.

Of­fi­cers will be equipped with tablet de­vices to see and share real time info.

The sys­tem, which will go live in 2017, is pro­vided by Swedish de­fence and se­cu­rity com­pany Saab and is a part of a 10 year con­tract worth £7m.

Po­lice and crime com­mis­sioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, said he was proud to be lead­ing the way.

He said: “Cheshire Con­stab­u­lary is the first UK force to make the tran­si­tion from the tra­di­tional multi-sys­tem ap­proach to a new cost­ef­fec­tive, pro­duc­tive and more in­te­grated con­trol room so­lu­tion.

“This is the cul­mi­na­tion of a de­tailed eval­u­a­tion of our cur­rent and fu­ture polic­ing needs.

“By bring­ing to­gether sev­eral sys­tems we will not only re­duce costs and see im­proved ef­fi­ciency, but will also be in a po­si­tion to make sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter use of data and ul­ti­mately de­liver a bet­ter ser­vice to the pub­lic.

“I pledged to con­tinue em­brac­ing ad­vances and in­no­va­tion in tech­nol­ogy for the ben­e­fit of the pub­lic and my in­vest­ment in the SAFE plat­form shows I am de­liv­er­ing on my com­mit­ment.”

The sys­tem is used in 30 mis­sion-crit­i­cal con­trol rooms world­wide in in­dus­tries in­clud­ing emer­gency ser­vices, na­tional se­cu­rity, cri­sis man­age­ment, traf­fic man­age­ment and avi­a­tion.

Chief con­sta­ble Si­mon Byrne said: “We are ab­so­lutely com­mit­ted to us­ing high-tech and in­no­va­tive ideas to sup­port polic­ing in Cheshire.

“This sys­tem of­fers us the chance to trans­form the way in which our con­trol room works.

“It will al­low the con­stab­u­lary to re­spond to calls, man­age in­ci­dents, ac­cess in­for­ma­tion which may be stored about the caller and any­one else in­volved in an in­ci­dent and then de­ploy re­sources as ap­pro­pri­ate – all within one user in­ter­face.

“It will en­hance the ca­pa­bil­ity to man­age re­peat call­ers and vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple and map out lo­ca­tions high­light­ing key ar­eas such as anti-so­cial be­hav­iour hot spots or an Op­er­a­tion Shield (a foren­sic property mark­ing ini­tia­tive) area.”

●● The high-tech sys­tem will op­er­ate in the con­trol room

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