Emergency Services Network (ESN) Strategic Project Team Funding

Reference code: 
PCD 288
Date signed: 
20 November 2017
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

This paper requests approval for release of Capital funding for the MPS Emergency Services Network Strategic Project Team from 1 November 2017 to 31 March 2021 to enable the continuation of this nationally mandated mission critical project to deliver the replacement for the Airwave radio system.

Recommendation

That DMPC:    

1.    Approves release of £7.3M Capital funding for the Emergency Services Network Strategic Project Team resources for the period from 1 November 2017 to 31 March 2021.

2.    Notes the Capital funding requested includes 10% contingency to allow for the current uncertainty around the Home Office delivery dates, the content and quality of the deliverables, and the impact this may have on the workload of the Emergency Services Network Strategic Project Team. This contingency fund will not be utilised without further approval of PIB/IAB as appropriate
 

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

1.    Introduction and background

1.1.    The Metropolitan Police Service must continue to ensure the sustainability of its operational mission critical Airwave radio services while preparing for implementation and transition to the Home Office Emergency Service Network solution which is the Home Office mandated Airwave replacement service and includes opportunities for future benefits to be realised through use of increased data services not currently available on Airwave.


2.    Issues for consideration

2.1.    Transition from the existing Airwave Service to the Emergency Services Network is a Home Office mandated requirement driven by the opportunity to reduce ongoing costs nationally across the Emergency Services through migration to a commercially available Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G service with enhanced data capability. As a result, there is no “Do Nothing” option and the Metropolitan Police Service must therefore complete the work necessary within the organisation to comply with these changes ensuring Value For Money throughout.

2.2.    The request for release of funding to ensure retention of the current Emergency Services Network Strategic Team resources and to flex those resources to meet demand over the period to 31 March 2021 is key to mitigating the risks associated with such a complex project.


3.    Financial Comments

3.1.    Detail of the financial implications of funding of the Emergency Services Network Strategic Project Team over the period requested in this paper is outlined in Part 2 (Exempt).


4.    Legal Comments

4.1    There are no specific Legal implications associated with the request and/or approval of funding for the continuation of the Emergency Services Network Strategic Project Team for the period 1 November 2017 to 31 March 2021.
  

5.    Equality Comments

5.1    There are considered to be no negative equality or diversity implications arising from the funding of the Emergency Services Network Strategic Project Team over the period requested in this paper.
 

6.    Background/supporting papers

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