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Police procurement 'should be organised better'

20 December 2011

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has called on police authorities across the UK to better manage their supply chain operations.

A review of the procurement processes of the 44 forces in England and Wales has highlighted numerous areas where savings could be made in future.

Oversight of procurement was highlighted as a pressing issue, as 11 authorities revealed they have no measures in place at present to manage this important area, reports Supply Management.

The report noted: "There needs to be effective monitoring at all financial levels and this also requires scrutiny of force credit cards and procurement cards where they are used."

As a result, HMIC's recommendations include taking a more proactive approach to tackling procurement costs, as the current system tends to be reactive and responsive only when problems have been uncovered.

This follows a report from Henley Business School earlier this year which claimed up to one third of the UK's structural deficit could be eliminated through the reform of public sector procurement.

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