Police to roll out in-car CCTV

National procurement unit to set up £5m framework

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Police forces across England and Wales are set to implement in-car CCTV systems.

BlueLight Commercial, an organisation set up this year to support aggregated procurement for police forces around the country, has published a contract notice seeking suppliers for a four-year, £5m “national framework for in-car CCTV”.

The organisation is seeking a supplier that could “provide a complete in-vehicle CCTV solution which is capable of making high-quality digital video recordings of events taking place”.

The contract notice outlines that the technology will need to cope with a range of internal and external conditions.

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“The system should not be affected by the motion of the vehicle or road conditions encountered whilst travelling along the road, this includes at high speed, for long periods of time and whilst going over speed humps at high speeds,” the notice said. “The system should also be capable of making continuous high-quality colour video recordings in the following environments: daylight, night time, dusk and dawn – [and] all conditions in between; varying temperatures – cold and hot climates and sudden changes in temperature; all surfaces – high-quality road to off road; [and] whilst travelling at high speed.”

The framework will likely feature a single company, which will enter into a contract with BlueLight Commercial on 25 January 2021. The deal will last until 2025, and will be worth up to £5m to the chosen provider.

Bids are open until 23 November.

Established in April, BlueLight Commercial works with police forces, the Home Office, Crown Commercial Service and Government Commercial Organisation to assist with procurement throughout law enforcement, and help create savings through aggregated deals. Its creation is intended to help fulfil the goals set out in the Policing Vision 2025.


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