Cheshire Constabulary has become the latest client to sign up to the Cheshire and Merseyside Public Services Network (PSN), provided by managed network specialists Updata Infrastructure UK, in a contract worth £2.28m over five years.
The Cheshire and Merseyside PSN connects public sector partners across the region, including councils, schools, police forces, hospitals, and fire & rescue services. The network now facilitates greater collaborative working, shared services and service transformation throughout Cheshire and Merseyside.
The force joins partners Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council and schools in the region which have already signed up to Updata's fully-managed wide area network (WAN), which provides high speed connectivity to over 500 public sector buildings.
The WAN helps organisations achieve significant cost savings, improved resilience and higher security for their networks. Cheshire Constabulary has estimated that joining the Cheshire and Merseyside PSN will help it achieve savings of £117,000 per year.
Isy Bizaoui, sales and marketing director at Updata, said: "This is a key milestone for Cheshire and Merseyside PSN, extending its reach to include a major client in the police sector.
"Closer collaboration in the public sector is essential for police forces, as they look to create efficiencies by working with third parties across all sectors, from fire and rescue services to councils and the health service.
"We look forward to working with Cheshire Constabulary and helping them to continue to enhance the service they provide to the public."
John Dwyer, Police & 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 frontline, providing an efficient and effective police service."