Company lands 'preferred bidder' spot for deal that could top £100 million
Staffordshire Police has chosen Boeing as its preferred bidder for the role of strategic IT partner, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for the county has announced.
The contract, if agreed, could last for up to 10 years and be worth more than £100 million.
A statement from the OPCC office said the deal should provide a transformational capability with new technology and opportunities to work with partner organisations and local communities.
Matthew Ellis, Staffordshire's police and crime commissioner, said he could not yet provide further detail, but that: “A strategic IT partner will bring capacity and capability to Staffordshire Police through the development of cutting edge technology and new ways of working.”
Towards the end of last year, Ellis emphasised the importance of the force making the most of new technology. While no details of what it expects from any deal with Boeing to have yet emerged, he highlighted the recent implementation of Northgate's SPIRIT GPS in the county's police cars. This enables control room staff to see exactly where all police vehicles and assets are located in real time.
The force's chief constable, Jane Sawyers, said the new deal is aimed at making policing more effective.
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