APD in tandem with Wiltshire Police team for cycle challenge

This month, we’ve been supporting the Wiltshire Police team on a sponsored cycle ride to raise funds for a guide dogs charity.

Anthony Bristowe, a Police Call Handler with the Wiltshire force who is partially-sighted, successfully reached his target to raise £5,000 for the Guide Dogs Organisation, with the current total standing at £5,476. He achieved this by embarking on a 250-mile journey from Land’s End to Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, this month.

The Guide Dogs Organisation is the world’s largest breeder and trainer of working dogs. The charity aims to provide people with sight loss with the support they need to be able to move around safely and confidently, to get out of their homes and be able to live life the way they choose. The organisation has helped almost 30,000 people to achieving life-changing independence.

Anthony rode the challenging route on a tandem cycle with friend Simon Taylor, accompanied by other Wiltshire Police riders, and managed to complete the distance in six days. We are extremely proud to have supported Anthony and the team by providing branded cycle tops for the riders and were delighted to be able to donate £500 towards the fundraising target - based on two pounds for every mile cycled by Anthony and his team mates.

Our life-saving software is used by the police and other emergency services organisations across the UK, as well as transport and aviation operators nationally and internationally. This market-leading software protects the public and emergency services personnel and ensures the efficient, continuous operation of services vital to public safety and security.

At Wiltshire Police, we provide a control system that enables rapid communications by bringing radio, telephony, CCTV and other systems together into one easy to use touch-screen access panel.

The software, called Cortex, allows its control room operators to communicate with their officers by radio in the field and to deal efficiently and effectively with 999 calls, as well as many other facilities linked to their command and control system.

Additional software, called Storm, is also supplied by APD in partnership with Sopra Steria, and allows control room operators to create and manage incidents reported by members of the public and co-ordinate the deployment of operational resources.

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APD Managing Director Mike Isherwood said: “We were really impressed when we heard about Anthony’s fundraising cycle ride, so we instinctively wanted to support him.

“Wiltshire Police is one of our long-standing customers and we work closely with them on a daily basis, providing and supporting their control room and communications software.

“We work really well with the Wiltshire force team and this sponsorship is a continuation of that excellent relationship. Good luck to Anthony, Simon and the whole team!”

Wiltshire Police has also recently upgraded to a system built by APD called Artemis, which provides visibility and live information on police cars and other emergency services vehicles the length and breadth of Britain. The system delivers invaluable vehicle and driver performance data, creating huge savings in fuel and maintenance costs, as well as multi-layered information in the event of a collision.

Support the team

If you'd like to further add to Anthony & Simon's success, you can donate to the cycling duo’s Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/findingnimmo.