This is a Government-wide initiative, which will see all UK public sector organisations that use a secure Government connection move to the new secure network (PSN.)
As part of the initiative, the Home Office has mandated an update to the secure CJX communications network, which all organisations in the criminal justice system use for electronic communication.
The Public Service Network in Policing (PSNP) provides improved security and accreditation to Home Office standards.
Without this service, Cleveland Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner will not be allowed to operate on the police secure network and communicate electronically with other forces.
The revised standards for policing are exacting and have resulted in this technical infrastructure scheme.
The total cost of bringing in the scheme in Cleveland is expected to be £603k, split £493k and £110k over financial years 2014/15 and 2015/16.
A capital budget of £80k was approved for 2014/15 so the net increase requested is £523k.
As a result of the tendering process, capital costs have increased by £30k from those estimated in the attached business case.
However, increased costs have been more than offset by negotiating a reduction in the maintenance charge of £77k over five years.
The decision has been made to approve £523k additional funding for the PSNP Capital Scheme. This brings the total funding approved to £603k.
Additional budget will be funded from Capital Reserves so will not require further borrowing.