Technology Replacement

Reference code: 
PCD 82
Date signed: 
18 November 2016
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

This paper requests approval for capital spend of £933,500 to replace technology equipment that is no longer fit for purpose, as part of an ongoing capital replacement programme for the Technical Surveillance Unit  (TSU).


That the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC);

  1. Approve spend of £933,500 to replace ageing, obsolete and ineffective technology equipment.
  2. To provide approval to initiate and award five Single Action Tenders totalling £344,500.

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

Introduction and background

The TSU is a sensitive unit, employing covert tactics and methods against the most serious and organised and Counter Terrorist (CT) operations.

The capital replacement will remove unnecessary running costs and provide the necessary technological uplift to maintain operational service delivery. It will also provide greater resilience moving forward and is in keeping with the advances in technologies, ensuring the TSU are able to tackle emerging threats.


Issues for consideration

Due to the confidential nature of the proposal the detail is held in Part 2


Financial Comments

The cost of £933,500 will be funded from the £2.5m available in 2016/17 capital programme for Specialist Crime and Operations 35. There will be no ongoing revenue costs associated with this capital replacement.


Legal Comments

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

In accordance with the MOPAC Scheme of Consent and Delegation approval is required by the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime for all MPS requests to go out to tender for contracts of £500,000 or above, and to approve contract exemptions (such as direct awards). 


Equality Comments

There are no direct equality issues arising from this proposal.