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Martin Murray

Police Forces Rationalize Procurement

By April 7, 2011

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British police forces are expected to save some 58 million (US$95 million) in purchasing costs according to the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA). This will exceed the goals set by the British government by over 24 million (US$39 million). Although savings in Information Technology will save Police forces some 25 million (US$41 million), non-IT purchasing such as vehicles, forensics, consultants, cellular phones, and temporary staff will save almost as much. Purchasing rationalization in vehicle procurement alone will save 11.7 million (US$19.1 million).

The largest police force in the UK, the Metropolitan Police, are hoping to save some 20 million (US$32.7 million) this year from their annual spend of over 850 million (US$1.4 Billion). The savings are expected to be generated by implementing strict purchasing processes overseen by senior management. Purchases over 50,000 (US$82,000) will require a rigorous tendering process.

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