Archive for March 3, 2012


West Midlands Police Explore The Value of Business Partnership to the Police Service

 West Midlands Police and Police Authority have placed a notice in the Official Journal of European Union (OJEU) asking for expressions of interest from suitably qualified external organisations to work with the force, solidifying plans to develop closer links with the private sector.

 Due to the length and value of the contract – which could be circa £1.5 billion over 10 years – the Authority is legally required to place a notice in the OJEU.

 

By Simon Preston

Tender for range of services including CCTV and command and control could be worth up to £3.5bn

West Midlands police is leading a partnership with Surrey police for a seven-year deal that will see the forces implement services such as CCTV and command and control.

The chosen supplier will also be expected to provide the authorities with computer equipment, and networks and miscellaneous software development services. According to a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union, the contract will be open to other police authorities in England and Wales.

The deal is worth between £300m and £3.5bn, with the upper estimate of the deal dependent on the number of police forces that join the contract.

The forces hope to make cost savings through the collaboration, deliver services more efficiently, and move to a more innovative and “cutting edge” approach to policing.

“The purpose of entering into a strategic partnership with forces is to deliver transformation across policing services. It is anticipated that the strategic partner will also directly manage some services with the forces,” says the notice.

“However, for reasons of policing specialism, operational risk and public confidence, some activities will necessarily continue to be delivered by police forces. The forces wish to develop a sustainable business model that maintains and improves the delivery of policing services to the public, while staying within likely future funding settlements.”

It adds that the forces believe efficiencies are better achieved by taking a wider view of policing, rather than reducing the budgets of functional units.

West Midlands Police and Police Authority have placed a notice in the Official Journal of European Union (OJEU) asking for expressions of interest from suitably qualified external organisations to work with the force, solidifying plans to develop closer links with the private sector.

Combining with the business sector is aimed at totally transforming the way the force currently does business – improving the service provided to the public.

Due to the length and value of the contract – which could be circa £1.5 billion over 10 years – the Authority is legally required to place a notice in the OJEU.

The areas of service listed in this notice are deliberately broad to allow the force to explore the skills, expertise and solutions a partnership could bring.

Not all the activities listed in the OJEU notice will necessarily be included in the final scope but if the force were to add other areas of business at a later date that would require a completely new and costly procurement exercise.

Chief Supt Phil Kay, who is overseeing the project, said: “This is about how we deal with the challenging conditions that we face and how we look to innovative ways to try and continue improving on delivering the service that we provide to communities. We want to explore how working with people in the private sector might be able to give us a new dimension and help us transform our service.”

“Both Chief Constables remain accountable for the services provided. This is about maintaining the office of constable and being clear that some things have to be done by people with warranted powers. Our mission remains to serve and protect the community.

We also want to see what areas of business there are where we can work with partners in the private sector to deliver in a way that is more cost effective, efficient and helps to improve the service.”

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Shahraz Riasat Sunday ban after car boot sting

A man has been banned from leaving his house on a Sunday after targeting car boot sales with counterfeit goods.

Shahraz Riasat, from O’Keeffe Close in Sparkbrook, Birmingham, was kept under surveillance by Worcestershire Trading Standards officers.

He was arrested in September 2010 and his car and home contained hundreds of counterfeit discs and counterfeit hardware, a spokesman said.

The 32-year-old admitted six offences at Redditch Magistrates’ Court.

Trading Standards said he used accomplices to sell the counterfeit DVDs and CDs, and transported sellers and merchandise to car boot sales in Hunnington, Worcestershire.

‘Avoid detection’He was also given a four month prison sentence suspended for two years and a two year supervision order.

The tag he must now wear for three months prevents him leaving his home between 06:00 and 18:00 GMT on Sundays.

Peter Holmes, from Trading Standards, said: “Mr Riasat believed that he could avoid detection by getting others to sell goods for him.

“This case shows that anyone connected to the sale of counterfeit goods can receive high level sentences.”

Operation To Combat Greenlands Disorder In Redditch

Police in Redditch have launched an operation to crack down on disorder in the Greenlands area of the town following threats to residents and reports of hate crime and criminal damage.

Operation Krill, which started last week, aims to address problems being caused by a “small core” of young offenders.

Redditch District Inspector Ian Joseph said that the problems had been ongoing over several months but had escalated in recent weeks with incidents which were being treated as hate crime, graffiti and criminal damage to fencing, and intimidation and threats to people.

He said that harassment and anti social behaviour had in particular affected people living at four properties but was having a wider impact on the community.

The policing operation is designed to prevent and deter further incidents, ensure a rapid response if they do happen, identify those responsible and bring them to justice, and provide reassurance. Targeted patrols, involving uniformed and plain-clothed officers, are visiting the area at key times.

Inspector Joseph said: “Incidents of crime and disorder affecting a small number of properties and involving a small number of youths have been having a disproportionate effect on the victims and wider community.

“We have stepped up patrols to counter this activity and we are determined to end it swiftly. Additional patrols in the area seem to have been effective this week but the operation will continue for as long as is necessary.

“Letters have also been delivered to residents in the streets affected by this telling people what we are doing and appealing for information.

“Offenders need to understand that there will be consequences to their actions should they choose to continue with their offending behaviour and we have a full range of criminal justice measures available to us to deal with them.

“We are talking about a small core of young people, some of whom have already been made subject of formal harassment warnings.

“We will have no hesitation in making arrests and prosecuting those who continue with the type of anti social behaviour we have been experiencing recently.

“In addition, we have been working with our colleagues in Redditch Borough Council, particularly the Anti Social Behaviour team and Community Safety team to identify other opportunities to reduce the impact of the problems.”

Inspector Joseph urged people experiencing anti social behaviour to call police while incidents were happening and to come forward with any information they had about those responsible.

Police can be contacted on 0300 333 3000 and information can also be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

High Cost Packages of Care Team and Project Co-ordinator. (Temporary until March 2013) Job Details

Reference OP1018

35 hours per week £18,559 – £20,354 per annum County Hall, Worcester
The project for High Cost Packages of Care involves the identification of cases that cost the authority a significant amount, a review of the services and costs associated with the placement and where appropriate a re-negotiation of these costs. A small team will carry out this work consisting of a Social Worker, Administrator, Financial Analyst and a Negotiator. The Administrator will provide support to the team and co-ordinate the overall process. The Social Worker will detail which cases are to be progressed and the co-ordinator will ensure appropriate communication with service users, carers and the families involved is carried out, send written communication to providers in a timely manner, follow this up to ensure it has been received and understood, and provide a single point of contact for all providers to address their queries.
Once cases have moved from analysis and been passed to the Negotiator the Administrator will set appointments with the provider and the negotiator (and Social Worker if necessary). The Administrator will need to ensure all communication, calls and contact, are recorded as an audit for each case and also maintain a chronological record for each case to provide regular reports detailing where it is in the process.
In addition to being meticulous in their recording the Administrator will need to be robust in their dealings with providers, in terms of gaining commitment from them for meetings/responses, following the outlined process firmly and being prepared for resistance to this and the likely consequence of difficult communications with providers.
For Internal candidates this is a secondment opportunity, please seek your managers approval before applying.
Enquiries/ Forms: Apply on line at http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/jobs or please phone (01905) 765765 Closing Date: 9th March 2012 Interview Date: 19th March 2012
“We regret that this vacancy is subject to restrictions i.e. to minimise compulsory redundancies, applications from existing employees will be considered and processed prior to any applications from external candidates. It is stressed that you should still apply as normal, since if we are unable to find a suitable internal candidate we will then look at the other applications we have received, rather than re-advertise the job. For existing employees certain protections may apply in relation to hours per week.”