Police purchasing group set to exceed savings target

28 February 2011

28 February 2011 | Angeline Albert

Buyers believe they will help UK police forces achieve £58 million savings in 2011.

The NationalPolicing Improvement Agency (NPIA) said procurement’s achievements will exceed a police force target set by the Home Office for this year by £24 million.  

As reported by SM, the coalition government has concluded that the NPIA should be phased out by March 2012.

The majority of the £58 million savings will come from deals on vehicles and fleet, consultancy, forensics, mobile phones, BlackBerry devices and temporary staff. This year, for example, a national framework agreement for vehicle fleet will deliver £11.7 million savings and a framework for forensics is expected to save £2.1 million.

For non-IT procurement overall, the NPIA will deliver cash savings of more than £28 million in 2011, far surpassing the Home Office’s £9 million goal. For IT purchasing, it will exceed the £25 million savings target by delivering just under £30 million.  

A new national police procurement hub is expected to save the money by connecting the finance and ERP systems of all forces to a common online platform. Its aim is to drive compliance to purchase from national deals. 

The NPIA is leading the Collaborative Police Procurement Programme (CPPP), which has a target to deliver £285 million savings to the police service by 2014/15. By working with stakeholders, including force procurement managers and the Home Office, the NPIA is officially on target to deliver £50 million savings this year but believes it will hit £58 million. It is also trying to establish ways of helping the police service save more than £1 billion by 2015.

The NPIA said savings will come from more efficient procurement and more effective demand management, including a national approach to category management. Efficiencies from national contract agreements will also help, for example, buyers have secured a 30 per cent reduction on the £6.6 million national fingerprint database contract known as “Ident 1”.

The NPIA’s efforts with Airwave (the secure wireless network for voice and data) for the Olympics is expected to save £47 million over a three year period by combining the requirements of all forces into a single national deal. The majority of the saving will be made in 2010/11.

Sue Moffatt, NPIA head of commercial and procurement, said: “Cost effectiveness continues to be a top priority for the NPIA and these procurement savings are playing a key part in helping the agency achieve its aim to deliver more than £1 billion of savings for the police service.”

The coalition government is looking at which NPIA functions are still needed and how these might be delivered. The NPIA is working with the Home Office, the Association of Chief Police Officers and Association of Police Authorities to identify which services should be discontinued, and which should transfer to one of the successor agencies after 2012.

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