06 January 2005
Mark Jermy has been appointed head of procurement at Northamptonshire Police as the force seeks to rationalise its supply base.
Jermy will control a £12 million budget ranging from vehicles and helicopters to dog food and police uniforms.
"We want to eliminate duplication across the force and reduce our supply base by 25 per cent over the next six months," he said. "By April, we should have about 700 suppliers."
The efficiency drive will also look for commodities that forces can buy collaboratively.
Jermy said the challenge would be to identify where efficiencies were possible and how to measure them.
Some gains are likely to be non-financial, such as improved service levels and freeing officers from administrative tasks.
Jermy was previously head of facilities and procurement at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.