19 June 2008
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) wants police forces to take a more collaborative approach
Setting out its new purchasing strategy for the £2 billion forces collectively spend each year, the association has identified six targets for forces to meet. These are increasing purchasing capacity and capability; securing better competition and prices from suppliers; improving demand and specifications; developing cost reduction and risk practices; reducing the cost of procurement and promoting sustainability and diversity.
According to David Horne, ACPO lead on procurement and director of resources for Sussex police, the approach will boost efficiency savings to meet the tough targets set by the government to reduce costs.
He said the police have a good record on collaborative buying, thanks to a culture of one force working on behalf of many.
The strategy will be measured and monitored by ACPO with help from the National Police Improvement Authority.