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Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, the brigade which had to deal with the massive Windsor Castle fire in 1992, is the first UK fire service to go live with VectorCommand’s Command Support System. Stephen Prendergast of VectorCommand looks at how the Command Support System is being introduced into the service, the brigade’s thinking on incident command, and its search for the optimum combination of communications bearer and other technologies for improved fireground management.
The BAPCO Journal talks to Airwave, the NPIA and the British Transport Police about the rollout of the Airwave Network on the London Underground and what it will mean for the future of policing in the capital.
On January 29th an unprecedented number of BAPCO members congregated at the newly built Regional Fire Control Centre, Taunton. The theme of the day was – rather fittingly for the location – Protecting our Critical National Infrastructure, and the FiReControl Programme.
Derbyshire Constabulary has just seen the rollout of body worn cameras to around 80 officers across the county, including Police Community Support Officers. BAPCO Journal’s Dan Worth investigates the journey taken by Derbyshire Constabulary before it reached this exciting point in time, and then looks at the hurdles that still remain before body worn cameras become the norm rather than the exception in the UK.
Two days after the dubious pleasure of making the Mail on Sunday’s front page, no less, ACPO’s Criminal Records Office (ACRO) near Southampton received a visit from BAPCO Journal. Ian Readhead, ACRO’s Director of Information and current BAPCO President, was happy to set the record straight while providing a snapshot of ACRO’s complex work.
Next time you’re walking down the street, look up at a CCTV cameras and see if you can spot any wires coming from the camera. The chances are you won’t. Over the past year the CCTV sector has been steadily transferring to IP wireless CCTV systems from traditional analogue systems. This has led to an increase in analytics software being used with CCTV systems and also prompted calls for the standardisation of IP CCTV technology.