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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