Innovation and changeDigital TransformationEE wins Police Scotland’s mobile transformation contract

EE wins Police Scotland’s mobile transformation contract

National mobile transformation project will bring devices to officers and enable them to access information remotely in a secure digital format.

The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) has awarded mobile operator EE a £21m contract to supply mobile services to Police Scotland over a three-year period.

While EE will be the mobile network supplier and main contractor, Motorola will supply its Pronto Digital Notebook software for use by police. Device handsets will come from Samsung and Blackberry will provide the Mobile Device Management solution. Operational use of the devices is expected to begin in 2019.

This national mobile transformation project will bring devices to officers and enable them to access information remotely and spend more time in the communities they serve.

Officers and staff who receive a device will no longer have to rely on multiple sources for information that will be made available on one device whilst out of the police station, as well as the ability to record information in a secure, digital format.

The devices will firstly be assigned incrementally to Response and Community Policing officers, and officers within Roads Policing and the Specialist Services Division.

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 focused 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.

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

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

Last September, Police Scotland revealed plans to invest nearly £300 million in its digital, data and ICT capability over the next decade.

The plans, which will be put before the Scottish Police Authority this week, set out the funding required to modernise the service and give officers and staff the tools they need to protect the public in the 21st century. The investment would also generate savings and public service improvements for the wider criminal justice system.

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