Police Sat Nav Systems - 1250/20

Date Responded 11 September 2020

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

  1. Are all police cars fitted with satnav systems to assist officers? If No which cars warrant the fitting of such a system.
  2. Which SatNav systems are used in standard-issue police cars? (eg Vauxhall Astra)
  3. How much does each system cost the police?

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with both the Fleet and Finance Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. No, not all police cars are fitted with satnav systems.  The vehicles routinely fitted with satnav equipment are those which are required to travel throughout the force area during the course of their normal duty – Traffic, Dogs, Crime Scene Examination, Search and Armed Response Vehicles.  There are also some vehicles which are now supplied with a satnav incorporated in the standard manufacturer’s “infotainment” system.  As this cannot be disabled, it remains operational for police officers to use. These vehicles are randomly distributed amongst the fleet
  2. Satnav is not fitted to vehicles in the local Neighbourhood and Response roles.
  3. It is not possible to provide a response to this part of your request as the cost varies widely as there is not a standard product in use.  As technology improves and products available to the market change frequently, each batch of vehicles tends to have a different product fitted.  They are also “bundled” on occasions into total role preparation cost as part of the wider vehicle conversion.  Similarly, if the satnav is included in the vehicle specification purchased, there is no cost that can be identified.
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