Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill

Written evidence from the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (ASB 22)

Introduction

Police and Crime Commissioner Response to Q 142 as raised by the Rt Hon Stephen Barclay, North East Cambridgeshire (Con).

Question (extract)

Stephen Barclay, North East Cambridgeshire (Con): What I am driving at is that if you look at the fire service, where they have a college, it has not overcome the obstacle of the legal independence of fire authorities. One can look at even simple measures, such as the procurement of a white shirt: I lost sight of the different options-I began to lose the will to live-for pockets on a white shirt, which different forces seemed to require, at variance to other forces. On the matter of back office mergers, the north-west in particular was an outlier in its failure to work with other forces on back office controls. What I wanted to understand- 

The Chair:    Order. I have to interrupt because we are out of time. 

Stephen Barclay:    Perhaps we can have a note. The key issue is how the college will address what the NAO has found with the fire service and police procurement, to do with the benefits we all agree on, of procurement as a whole, as against the individual actions of legal entities that can do their own thing. 

 PCCs submission note in relation to Question 142 of this session (above)

In the present climate it is even more essential for Police and Crime Commissioners (Commissioners) to be at the heart of shaping future police procurement and commercial strategies.  This includes the implementation of the recommendations from the recent National Audit Office report into police value for money.

Commissioners are members of the Home Office Collaborative Police Procurement Programme Board (CPPPB) which seeks to maximise savings through securing smarter procurement activity. One of the primary aims of this board is to ensure that the NAO recommendations are actualised.

Key activities under the programme to date include the delivery of the national forensics framework which has already brought 10% savings to the police service, the National Police Vehicle Fleet Framework has resulted in savings of £8 million due to regional collaboration and the development and introduction of the CPPP operating model which provides a "best value" route to market for the majority of non-IT spend.

Commissioners and other board members are presently focused on a number of spend reduction programmes which include supporting the delivery of a national end to end managed uniform strategy, which for the first time will allow a national approach to the delivery of police uniforms.  This strategy could reduce costs by up to 15% as well as freeing up police officers time to spend on front line duties.

Police and Crime Commissioners’ are also members of the Police Commercial Forum which is an informal and confidential gathering of senior police stakeholders to discuss to explore the value and benefit of entering into private sector partnering or furthering the partnerships already in place. Commissioners’ will support the Policing College and relevant National Policing Business leads to enable standardisation and common specifications that deliver significant savings and benefits across the police service.

June2013 

Prepared 2nd July 2013