20 April 2020
Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies have acquired some 4,000 Sepura SC21 TETRA radios in a joint force investment, equipping their officers with powerful, compact critical communication devices.
The move followed a thorough trial by both forces, from which users gave the SC21 their enthusiastic approval, plus a comprehensive business case analysis, covering support, pricing and evolution of the product.
Sepura’s SC21 is a compact version of Sepura’s SC20 radio, combining high levels of robustness and functionality without compromising on performance.
Users on the trial lauded the SC21 in particular for its rich, clear audio, allowing clear communication even in noisy environments, as well as the compact design which takes up a minimum of space on an officer’s uniform.
Officers also highlighted the excellent battery life and robust design of the radio and said that the intelligent user interface made it quick and easy to perform primary functions.
“Good communications is fundamental to our policing service and the SC21 will provide us with the support we need to give the best policing service we can to our communities,” said assistant chief constable Steve Mattin, joint protective services lead.
David Woods, joint ICT airwave specialist for Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies, was responsible for leading the trial and evaluation. “After considering the options available to us it was clear that Sepura’s SC21 was the unanimous choice of both our front line officers and our operations teams,” he said.
The SC21 is part of Sepura’s SC Series of radios, featuring hand portable and mobile radios, supplemented by powerful applications and flexible accessories to support public safety officers to communicate efficiently. Sepura is the leading supplier to UK police forces as well as many other police forces in Europe and worldwide.