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