EE Awarded Contract to Supply Mobile Services to Police Scotland

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The three-year contract will see officers equipped with new mobile devices.

The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) has awarded mobile operator EE, part of the BT Group, with a £21 million contract to supply mobile services to Police Scotland.

The contract, which will span a three year period, will provide officers with new mobile devices. This will enable the service to access information remotely and dedicate more time to community operations.

EE will act as Police Scotland’s main contractor and mobile network supplier, while Motorola will supply the Pronto Digital Notebook software.

Device handsets will be provided by Samsung and Blackberry will provide Mobile Device Management solutions, the SPA confirmed.

Commenting on the contract award, assistant chief constable Malcolm Graham said: “This contract signifies the commitment Police Scotland and the SPA have in leading the force into a more digitally focussed future.

“The use of mobile devices will revolutionise the way officers and staff access systems, currently only available from desktop and laptop computers within police stations, enabling them to work on crime prevention and community-based policing to keep people safe, whether in the public, private or virtual space.”

Graham added: “We look forward to working with EE and suppliers on this project, which is a significant investment for the future of policing in Scotland.”

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The operational use of the devices is expected to begin in 2019, Police Scotland said. Officers involved in Response and Community Policing and Road Policing will be among the first to be assigned the new devices – along with officers from the Specialist Services Division.

Officers and staff who receive a device will be able to access multiple sources of information through a single platform, rather than rely upon multiple sources.

Devices will also enable the police service to record information in a more secure, digital format.

Mobile Working is a key component within the Digitally Enabled Policing Programme (DEPP), a strand of the Serving a Changing Scotland (2026) Strategy.

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David Wallace, BT Enterprise’s public sector director in Scotland, commented: “BT’s Enterprise business is pleased to be leading the delivery of this transformational project which will use the latest technology to support policing in Scotland.

“Delivered via our EE mobile network – the biggest 4G network in the UK – today’s deal will enable thousands of police officers across Scotland to access the information they need, at the touch of a button.”

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