Fifth UK police force chooses Saab’s SAFE command and control system

Saab’s command and control system, SAFE, has been procured by Nottinghamshire Police, the fifth UK police force to do so, through the East Midlands Strategic Commercial Unit.

SAFE is Saab‘s unified control room solution for any environment that needs centralised command, control and communication. When the SAFE system goes live in Nottinghamshire in early 2020, the unified solution will replace several of Nottinghamshire Police’s legacy control room systems with a single, modern, software application.

Simon Read, Director of Public Safety at Saab UK, said, “We are pleased to welcome Nottinghamshire Police to the SAFE user family and look forward to working with them so that they can benefit from the system’s ability to enable its users to make better informed decisions faster. SAFE will reduce cost, increase operational efficiency and enable the force to provide a better service to the public.”

SAFE will increase police force efficiency through multi-channel public contact, intelligent resource management and officer dispatch. Officers in the field will be able to access and update incident details as well as capture and share information via their SAFE mobile app.

Nottinghamshire Police’s Chief Constable, Craig Guildford, said, “I’ve seen the system work in practice and I’m really pleased to be working closely with Saab. The new technology will bring together several systems, which will allow our officers and staff to work more efficiently and the force will make significant savings following a lengthy procurement process. This ultimately will deliver a better service to the public.”

Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, said, “This is a tried and tested system, which will bring together all the different ways in which people can report incidents to the police, boosting efficiency and helping to improve the service provided to the public. Investment in technology is, quite simply, an investment in community safety. It enables forces to reduce costs and increase efficiency to keep more officers on the frontline.”

Rapidly growing in popularity among police forces, SAFE is increasingly tailored to the specific needs of UK police forces. Cheshire Constabulary went live in March 2018 with Warwickshire Police, West Mercia Police and Cumbria Police due to follow, starting in early 2019.

Saab has around 300 UK staff located across five offices. Saab UK’s public safety team will deliver the solution from its Hull base at the Centre for Digital Innovation. SAFE has been developed in partnership with the emergency services and is operational in the control rooms of over 30 organisations across the UK, Europe and the USA.