Beat bobbies to use schools, libraries and community centres to work
BOBBIES on the beat could soon be able to log on to the Humberside Police database in public libraries, schools and community centres.
The move is part of a scheme by Virgin Media Business to link public sector organisations through the sharing of computers.
It is being rolled out across the Yorkshire and Humber area as part of a new public services network (YHPSN) initiative.
The secure network is one of the first projects to be delivered through the Government’s PSN connectivity framework and will connect up to 52 public service providers including local authorities, healthcare providers and emergency services.
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Any organisation, large or small, has access to the same technology at lower prices. That’s because with multiple organisations on board, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) purchasing costs can be spread more widely and organisations obtain better value from the market though aggregated spending.
The system is designed to save costs on information and communication technology infrastructure and help staff share information more readily. This in turn will help services to be more joined up.
it’s also starting to give frontline staff a huge boost – with organisations connected over a single PSN compliant network, staff will be able to share information much more readily and services will be more joined up as a result.
Humberside Police is among the organisations to have joined the network meaning officers will soon be able to share workspaces with local libraries or schools by logging into police systems over the secure connection. and bosses hope it will help make more efficient use of resources.
Ian Maughan, communications manager at Humberside Police, said various security measures would be taken over the use of the network.
He said: “The agreed and strategic use of sharing networks and estates will need to be co-ordinated at a number of levels.
“Staff will not need to return to designated police stations to complete their work”
“The ability for any member of staff, PCSO or otherwise to utilise YHPSN-provided connectivity will very much depend on the agreed profile and cannot be established as a free for all.
“Staff can be more mobile and visible and will not need to return to designated police stations to complete their work leading to an increase in productivity.”
“Only databases that contain information that is not outside of the existing IL3 security accreditations will be permitted and even then other information security aspects will have to be considered and mitigated.”
Healthcare trusts and local councils will also be able to use the network to work together to deliver the best level of care to patients, no matter where they are based.
Geoff Prowling, YHPSN programme director, confirmed Humberside and South Yorkshire Police had merged their IT departments. Both are named partners on the YHPSN framework.
He said: “A shared services network will give us the tools to work together to deliver excellent frontline services to local people. We can make the best use of our resources and still cut costs.”
“These are challenging but equally exciting times for local public services and I see the regional PSN infrastructure at the vanguard of facilitating the transformational change we are undergoing.”
Jeff Wollen, executive director for public sector at Virgin Media Business, said: “With limited funds it’s essential that public sector organisations are getting the most out of their resources.
“Now organisations in Yorkshire and Humberside will be able to streamline their network infrastructure with a single access point for all PSN services.”