Airwave network completed on time and on budget

Airwave, the £2.9bn Tetra-based communications network for every police force in England, Scotland and Wales, has been completed...

Airwave, the £2.9bn Tetra-based communications network for every police force in England, Scotland and Wales, has been completed on time and to budget.

Welcoming completion of the five-year project, Home Office minister Caroline Flint said, "Airwave provides modern, secure and efficient radio communications for police officers across the country. There are already 100,000 users of the system and eventually every police officer will benefit."

The system allows officers throughout the country to communicate directly with each other regardless of location, and cuts bureaucracy by freeing up frontline officer time as they don't have to go back to the office to file data.

Chief constable Sean Price of Cleveland Police and the Police Service’s lead for Airwave said, "Airwave provides us with much better coverage and clarity through the use of secure and reliable communication of both voice and data. It is a great advantage to officers in their day-to-day work and is highly significant in making them and our communities safer."

The Police Information Technology Organisation has managed the contract between O2 Airwave and police forces on behalf of the Home Office.

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