The Home Office has published the latest data showing how much each force pays for 20 common items of uniform and equipment.
All 43 police forces in England and Wales have shared their procurement data, which covers items such as shirts, high-visibility jackets and helmets, as well as front-line equipment such as batons, handcuffs, Airwave radios and vehicles. The data is published on this site, allowing you to see how much your local force has spent over the past year.
Since 2010, forces have saved in excess of £290m through better procurement and collaboration. However, the data shows there are areas where more could be done to reduce the amount police pay for essential goods.
The Home Office will continue to support forces to drive down procurement expenditure and has recently provided £2 million worth of funds under the Police Transformation Fund to further encourage collaborative procurement. The Government is also encouraging greater collaboration between police forces, as well as with other public and emergency services, not just because of the potential savings that they can achieve through buying collectively but also because of the operational benefits of standardising the items they purchase and officers use every day.
Collaboration in police procurement should be the rule, not the exception
Brandon Lewis, Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, said:
“This release is a key part of making our police forces more accountable to the public through greater transparency.
“Thanks to this and last year’s releases, it is clear that savings are being made due to greater collaboration, but the police must go further still to make greater savings for the taxpayer.
“It is absolutely essential that broad and deep collaboration within police procurement is the rule, not the exception. Police forces must continue to use their resources more efficiently by working together and PCCs must hold chief constables to account for this.”