Command & Control Options

Reference code: 
PCD 35
Date signed: 
27 July 2016
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

This report identifies the need to undertake a market testing exercise for a replacement Command & Control system in advance of the expiration of the current contract in 2018.   The report requests approval to initiate procurement activity and run a mini competition using the NEPRO framework to identify a supplier.


That the DMPC approves the request to initiate procurement activity and run a mini competition using the NEPRO framework to identify a supplier to undertake a market testing exercise for future Command & Control options and associated investment of £300k.

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

1. Introduction and background

1.1. As part of the on-going process of managing contracts and tendering/re-tendering for goods and services, Procurement Services identifies contracts which require DMPC approval for either extension or to initiate contract action to tender or re-tender for goods or services or to award contracts

2. Issues for consideration

2.1. The Command & Control project plans to replace the current 999 Call Handling and Computer Aided Despatch Systems. The current contract with Unisys expires in 2018 when a new system needs to be in place to ensure continuation of essential services.

2.2. Following the termination of the contacts with Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin there is a need to re-evaluate the Command & Control supplier domain and undertake a soft market evaluation of the market space.

3. Financial Comments

3.1. The cost of the proposal is £300k and will be met from within existing resources.

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 (4.13), the DMPC must approve all requests to go out to tender for contracts that exceed £500,000, or where there is a
particular public interest.

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.