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New centralised police procurement setup announced

11 July 2011

Police forces in England and Wales are to see extensive operational benefits from the establishment of a new centralised IT procurement setup.

Announced by home secretary Theresa May at a speech to the Association of Chief Police Officers, the initiative will involve the formation of a single organisation to handle technology buying for the 43 police forces in the two countries.

At present, it is estimated that £1.2 billion is spent on essential back office functions and ICT systems on an annual basis, which Ms May stated is due to the "confused, fragmented and expensive" management setup that currently exists.

Therefore, the government will be seeking to employ "world-class" procurement professionals to negotiate contracts in order to unlock widespread savings.

"The new company must exploit the purchasing power of the service as a whole. It can do this by aggregating the requirements of as many forces possible," she said.

Earlier this month, Steve Malone of Procurement for Housing told Guardian Professional that collaborative procurement could also be beneficial to the housing sector.

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Categories: Procurement & Supply Chain

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