Cheshire Police to save £117,000 with communications merger


Staff reporter (Chester First)

CHESHIRE Police is set to save £117,000 a year by sharing a communications network with two councils.

The force has linked up with Cheshire East Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council, as well as several smaller organisations, to create a Public Services Network.

Bosses say it will provide an opportunity for all of the agencies involved to develop new ways of working across the county.

Updata Infrastructure UK has been chosen to provide the necessary technology to ensure that officers and staff will be able to access police systems in other buildings that are connected to the network.

John Dwyer, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, said: “The new communication infrastructure will help to provide a more streamlined and flexible way of working not only for the constabulary but for our partner agencies as well.

“In these times of austerity it’s vital that we can save money where we can, which we can then put to good use on the front line, providing an efficient and effective police service.”

See full story in the Chester Leader

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