Bedfordshire FRS pioneers cloud-based control room solutions from Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions has announced that Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) is the first fire and rescue service in the UK to utilise the combined Motorola Solutions cloud-based control room solution CommandCentral CRS, the data storage solution CommandCentral Vault as well as the integrated CAD solution delivered by Motorola Solutions partner 3tc. By upgrading its… Read more »

Custom Consoles develops Operator Safety Screen in response to Coronavirus

Custom Consoles announces a new addition to its range of technical control furniture. Developed in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Operator Safety Screen reduces the risk of airborne infection or direct physical contact between control room personnel without restricting their forward or side view of video monitor displays. “We designed the Operator Safety Screen… Read more »

Cat® S42 robust smartphone out now!

Bullitt Group, the global licensee for Cat® phones, has launched the Cat S42, a robust smartphone designed for reliability, even in extreme situations. The new addition to the range benefits from Cat phones’ heritage and a decade of research and development in the design of rugged phones, bringing unrivalled toughness to this essential everyday work… Read more »

State of Policing report says collaboration is key to providing a more effective and efficient service to the public

In his annual assessment of policing in England and Wales for 2019, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Thomas Winsor recognised the sensitivity and dedication of the police service in collaboratively responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency. He encourages police forces to continue to work in collaboration in order to provide a more effective… Read more »

Community panel scrutinises Bedfordshire Police’s use of force

A new panel of community members has been established to scrutinise the use of force by Bedfordshire Police officers. The panel is believed to be the first of its kind in the country and offers unprecedented external oversight of the force’s actions in this area. At the panel’s first meeting, on 25 June, members got… Read more »

Hampshire charity members drive over 27,000 miles to deliver food and PPE to those in need during pandemic

A Hampshire-based charity has been playing a key part in supporting those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 45 responders from Hampshire and Berkshire 4×4 Response (HB4x4R) have driven in excess of 27,000 miles across Hampshire to deliver pallets of emergency food and personal protective equipment. Hampshire and Berkshire 4×4 Response is a registered… Read more »

BlueLight Commercial team growing rapidly as key appointments made

BlueLight Commercial, the new national police commercial support organisation, has appointed Stuart Jose (left) as its first Regional Commercial Director. Mr Jose, previously Head of Regional Procurement in the South West of England and also chair of the National Police Procurement Executive, started his new job on 22 June. Drawing on his expertise and contacts,… Read more »

Cambridgeshire FRS confirms ACFO appointment

Members of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority have approved the appointment of Jon Anderson (left) as an Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO). Chairman of the authority, Councillor Kevin Reynolds, said, “We are delighted to confirm Jon in the role and offer our congratulations after a challenging process. Jon has showed his passion and drive… Read more »

Toyota Corolla hybrid fits the bill as potential police patrol car

The Toyota Corolla is helping police with their enquiries, as the UK’s regional forces assess the British-built hybrid model’s potential as a patrol car. A Corolla Touring Sports in Excel trim begins a series of month-long demonstration loans next week. Manufactured at Toyota’s Burnaston factory in Derbyshire, the car has been fitted out to police… Read more »

New furniture framework supports the public sector’s safe return to work

Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) new Furniture and Associated Services agreement is supporting the public sector’s safe return to work. Listed suppliers are offering a range of products including screens, hand sanitiser stations and temperature screening booths as well as consultancy to help plan space in line with social distancing guidance. There are also temporary solutions… Read more »