Policy Details

Access to Northumbria Police Radio and Communications Systems by Outside Organisations

Dated: 04 Feb 2013

NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

POLICY TITLE: Access to Northumbria Police Radio and Communications Systems by Outside Organisations

OWNING DIRECTORATE: Central Support

AUTHOR: ICT Communications Manager

CONTACT DETAILS: 0191 2956980

EQUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT: Complete

MOPI ASSESSMENT: Not applicable


AIM OF POLICY:  To document the safeguards that must be followed to allow access to Primary Area Command Talkgroups between Northumbria Police and the partner organisations.

BENEFIT OF POLICY:  Provision of essential operational contact between Northumbria Police and partner organisations.

REASON FOR POLICY: To allow the use of Airwave communications equipment by organisations working in partnership with Northumbria Police, subject to contracts signed in agreement with the Airwave Service provider (Airwave Solutions Limited) and conditions agreed by the Chief Constable.


DESCRIPTION OF POLICY:

Access will be allowed to Primary Area Command Talkgroups for essential operational contact between Northumbria Police and the partner organisation with the following safeguards:

  1. Users in partner organisations will be vetted to Basic Check (BC) level.

  2. Airwave terminals will only be used for inter-operating with Northumbria Police, and not for any other business.

  3. The Airwave software will be configured in such a way that terminals will permit access to a limited set of talkgroups appropriate to the required use.

  4. Unless operationally necessary, the programmed talkgroups will not normally contain police members, except suitably authorised dispatcher terminals and thus will not normally carry operational police traffic.

  5. Membership of the Primary Area Command Talkgroup will be subject to a formal agreement between Northumbria Police and the approved sharer, to be signed at Executive level.

This policy is based on a document entitled 'Use of Public Safety Radio Communications Service and Terminals by Non-Contracted Organisations' which has been produced by the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) to clarify the position in respect of 'authorised sharers' and 'guest users'.

Use of the equipment will be subject to compliance with the Codes of Practice for Radio Terminals Using Air Interface Encryption (TEA2) to the 'Restricted' Airwave service.

'Guest users' will be allowed access to the system subject to compliance with the Codes of Practice for Radio Terminals Using Air Interface Encryption (TEA2) to the 'Restricted' Airwave service and an appropriate contract between the user and Airwave Solutions Ltd.


SOURCE DOCUMENT: Use of Public Safety Radio Communications Service and Terminals by Non-Contracted Organisations (NPIA document)

GROUPS AFFECTED: All staff

ACCESS AND DISCLOSURE RESTRICTIONS: None 


This instruction is designed to avoid discrimination and in accordance with the Human Rights Act 1998 and its underlying principles.