Pennine Upgrade Comms for the Civil Nuclear Police

The specialised armed police service responsible for protecting civil nuclear sites has chosen Pennine Telecom to upgrade communications in its command and control rooms at the Sellafield site in Cumbria.

The Civil Nuclear Constabulary’s governing body, the Civil Nuclear Police Authority has awarded Pennine a prestigious contract to supply, install and maintain an integrated communication system, which will meet the demanding technological and safety critical needs of the service.

The Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) has policing responsibilities with a difference. They provide protection for civil nuclear sites, safeguard nuclear materials on site or in transit, provide reassurance and ensure the safety of the communities living within 5 km of nuclear sites, and interlink with the local Home Office police forces.

The new system incorporates two control rooms, 11 operator positions with Touchscreens, which integrate Airwave, telephony, ambient room microphones and evidential voice recording. A radio or telephone call can be made or received by simply touching the screen and calls can be transferred from telephone to radio users and vice versa.

Pennine, whose headquarters are in Bury, Greater Manchester, was awarded the contract due to its technical specification and best value. The project started in December 2008 and the system is expected to be up and running by next May. Within the scope of the contract the CNC have the option to rollout the new system to all seven of the UK sites that they have a major presence at.

“It is very rewarding to win this CNC tender against competition from other larger companies,” commented Andrew Roberts, Managing Director at Pennine Telecom. “We have extensive experience in the nuclear industry and have successfully provided numerous solutions to a variety of sites, including the CNC. We pride ourselves in consistently delivering bespoke solutions to meet our customers’ exacting requirements and timescales.”