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14 December 2010 | Angeline Albert
Police officers in Lambeth have been ticked off for breaking
the Metropolitan Police's procurement
rules for bike repairs.
Instead of taking bicycles with buckled back wheels and worn
brakes into their local police station to report damage and get them fixed,
officers took pushbikes directly to the repair shop.
The maverick spend left supplier Brixton Cycles
with unpaid bills for bike maintenance because officers had not gone through
the proper channels.
The contract set up by Met police purchasing staff with Brixton
Cycles is that officers hand in damaged bicycles at a police station and they are
then sent on. There are 100 police bikes in Lambeth.
A statement from the Met police said: “Officers in Lambeth
have been reminded of the correct procurement process to follow when obtaining
goods and services from Brixton Cycles and all other goods/service providers.
There are no outstanding invoices for Brixton Cycles.”