Emergency Services Network

Reference code: 
DMPCD 2016 54
Date signed: 
18 March 2016
Authorisation name: 
Stephen Greenhalgh (past staff), Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime

Executive summary

This paper requests the approval in investment in Emergency Services Network OBC.

Recommendation

To approve the:

Emergency Services Network OBC Update

  1. Approve the continued ESN Delivery Project Team funding from April 2016 to March 2017 required by the Home Office
  2. Approve flexibility for the ESN Delivery Project Team to review the possibility of using an MPS approved 3rd party to provide support rather than develop a team of up to 42 permanent FTEs as originally suggested by the Home Office.
  3. To note the London specific risks set out in this report and that approval is subject to work being undertaken to mitigate those London specific risks.

Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

1. Introduction and background

1.1 In support of the Police and Crime Plan commitment to reduce costs by 20% the DMPC considers all procurement activity which in accordance with the Scheme of Delegation requires his approval.

2. Issues for consideration

2.1 The following item is to be considered for approval:

  • Emergency Services Network OBC Update
  • The Home Office-led Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) will replace the existing Home Office national Airwave network, which the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) currently uses, with the Home Office-recommended national Emergency Services Network (ESN) Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G.  The proposal is for funding for the ESN Delivery Project Team from April 2016 to March 2017, and to review the possibility of using an MPS approved 3rd party to provide support rather than develop a team permanent staff. 

3. Financial Comments

3.1 The cost of the proposed contracts will be funded from within existing budgets.

3.2 Full details are contained in the attached reports.

4. Legal Comments

4.1 The recommendation can be lawfully approved in accordance with MOPAC Contract Regulations and EU/UK Procurement law.

4.2 In accordance with the MOPAC Scheme of Delegation and Consent (4.8), the DMPC must approve all requests to go out to tender for contracts that exceed £500,000.

4.3 Full details are contained within the reports attached.

5. Equality Comments

5.1 Suppliers will be assessed prior to entering into agreements to ensure they comply with relevant legislation.  It will be the responsibility of user departments to ensure that the MPS Equality and Diversity policies are adhered to through the life of the contract. 

5.2 Suppliers may be asked to sign up to the Diversity Works for London Programme which assesses suppliers against the Equality and Diversity framework.