Lancashire Police: Emergency Services Network

Home Office written question – answered on 11th July 2019.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an estimate of the additional costs incurred by Lancashire Constabulary due to the delay in the roll-out of the Emergency Services Network critical communications system.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

The new Emergency Services Network (ESN) is the next-generation critical communications system that allows the police, fire and rescue and ambulance services to operate safely, collaborate and innovate. ESN represents value for money for the taxpayer through delivering steady state savings of over £200m pa compared to Airwave.

The delay in rolling out ESN means that we will continue to pay for Airwave for longer, at current rates. Local forces will continue to have to pay some Airwave charges as well as for commercial broadband services. There will also continue to be some costs for supporting transition teams. We do not have precise figures for these local costs.

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