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Funding for the Replacement of the Wide Area Network


To approve the funding for the replacement of the Wide Area Network (WAN) telecommunications network

Decision Summary

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s (“the Commissioner”) Finance Sub-Group (FSG) meeting on the 27th January 2016 considered a report proposing the   replacement of the existing separate Wide Area Network (WAN) networks across Bedfordshire Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Constabulary with a single contract as well as future proof the integrity of the solution by providing new technological advances to existing systems.

FSG considered the proposal including the procurement process, term of the contract, costs, including the one-off and on-going annual costs, and savings. Whilst subject to Best and Final Offer, FSG agreed to the contract renewal proposal and the preferred supplier in respect of Cambridgeshire Constabulary. FSG agreed to fund the contract through the Commissioner’s Budget Assistance Reserve. A further paper was brought to the 24th February 2016 FSG meeting to provide an update on future-proofing and future cost sharing arrangements.

The contract will be signed by the Commissioner’s Director of Finance, in line with the delegated authority within Financial Regulations for Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner.