14 August 2008 | Paul Snell
The police could save up to £15 million on the cost of forensic services through a new framework agreement.
The deal, which has been set up by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), will allow police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to buy forensic services such as DNA analysis and toxicology without having to carry out a lengthy procurement process.
The framework features 14 lots and 11 suppliers and runs for four years. Police forces will be able to run mini-tenders with the suppliers for each of the lots when they need to buy services on the list.
The NPIA expects big savings on the police service's £169 million annual spend on forensics, as well as increased efficiency and transparency.
Chris Eyre, assistant chief constable at Leicestershire Constabulary and lead for the project for the Association of Chief Police Officers, said: "Not only will it reduce turnaround times and provide greater efficiencies, it will help stabilise the marketplace and allow for a more consistent quality of service to be delivered by suppliers."
Head of commercial at the NPIA, Sue Moffatt, said the deal was a good example of how collaboration with suppliers could drive efficiency.