Jo Coles - York and North Yorkshire Deputy Mayor for Policing, Fire and Crime

Jo Coles - North Yorkshire Deputy Mayor for Policing, Fire and Crime

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07/2017: Relocation of Force Control Room fall back facility to Harrogate police station


This paper proposes to locate the fall-back facility of the force control room to Harrogate police station, in the event of a critical incident in York.  The fall-back facility is currently located at police headquarters at Newby Wiske, but the site is being sold.  Moving the facility to Harrogate ensures the right resilience is in place to guarantee North Yorkshire Police can continue to provide a telephone service to the public of North Yorkshire should the control room in York no longer be able to function.

The North Yorkshire Police FCR delivers a highly professional and dedicated service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The FCR provides the essential link with the public in handling emergency and non-emergency calls and are directly involved in managing incidents and deploying officers and resources where they are most needed. In the event of the FCR not being available the FCR fall back facility is immediately deployed. This could be due to technical, power and building issues, or an environmental incident such as flooding.  Plans to vacate the Newby Wiske site also make this decision notice necessary.

Recommendation: To approve the replacement of the existing Force Control Room (FCR) fall back facility with a new FCR fall back facility at Harrogate Police Station and the requisite funding to deliver this proposal.