At seven o'clock on the evening of 17 June members of The Ipswich Society
assembled at the Suffolk Police Headquarters, Martlesham, where they were
met by Mr Alan Boon and a colleague from the communications department of
Suffolk Police. They proceeded to outline the communications network used by
Suffolk Police, and members were able to observe the police communication
office in action.
The new Airwave system was about to be introduced. This new digital system
will have many advantages over the present system including the ability to
cover the whole of the UK and better communication with the general public,
as each handset doubles as a mobile phone enabling officers to contact
members of the public directly while on duty. It also has an emergency
button in case an officer needs assistance.
Members then had a round table discussion with the two representatives of
the Police Force about a number of police-related topics which included:
policing - now and then; the use of the police helicopter; recruitment of
officers; policemen on the beat; the continual threat of litigation, and
many more. A most interesting and informative visit.