Airwave Radio Procurement – Continuation of Service

Reference code: 
PCD 298
Date signed: 
15 December 2017
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

This paper seeks approval to release £3.668m of Capital from allocated funds from the Home Office to procure 4,300 new Airwave radio terminals, associated accessories and a new radio programming solution to support front line police officers. 


This procurement is to augment the existing fleet of ageing Metropolitan Police Service Airwave radio terminals to ensure all front line police officers continue to have fully supported and operational radio terminals providing mission critical radio communications on the Airwave Service up to the time the Metropolitan Police Service has successfully completed migration to the Home Office Emergency Services Network. 
 

Recommendation

The DMPC is asked to approve:

•    The release £3.668m of the £3.98m of Capital from the Home Office to procure 4,300 new Airwave radio terminals, associated accessories and new radio programming solution to support front line police officers.  
 

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

1.    Introduction and background

1.1.    To ensure the Metropolitan Police Service maintains its capability to access the Airwave Service for the next three to four years will necessitate the Metropolitan Police Service augmenting its existing fleet of radio terminals.  This augmentation will ensure that front line police officers can access the Airwave Service through to successful migration to the Home Office Emergency Services Network.

2.    Issues for consideration

2.1.    In addition to the procurement of the new radio terminals there is also a need to retain a capability to configure and programme radios that is compatible with both existing and proposed new terminals.  This will be implemented through the provision of a new solution that will replace the existing and outdated system.  This will also be available to reprogram radio terminals once the Metropolitan Police Service have transitioned to the Emergency Services Network and the terminals can be transferred to another Emergency Service (Police, Fire, and Ambulance).

3.    Financial Comments

3.1.    This procurement will cost £3.668m, which is all capital expenditure and is entirely funded by Home Office funding allocated for this purpose. There will be no impact on revenue budgets as support and maintenance will be covered by manufacturer’s warranties and the Managed Radio Service contract with Capita.

4.    Legal Comments

4.1.    Under paragraph 5.12 of the MOPAC Scheme of Delegation approval is required by the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime for all Metropolitan Police Service requests to go out to tender for contracts of £500,000 or above.

5.    Equality Comments

5.1.    As this procurement relates to an existing service this work does not change any aspects relating to equality or diversity.

6.    Background/supporting papers

6.1.    Report.