Police forces save £273 million in three years on equipment cost

Published 16 May 2018

The Home Office has published the latest data allowing the public to compare how much each force pays for common items of uniform and equipment to ensure best value for money.

All 43 police forces in England and Wales have shared their procurement data, which covers items such as police helmets, shirts, and vehicles; as well as services like gas and face-to-face language interpretation.

This year’s data also includes previously unrecorded items, such as police push bikes and police motor cycle helmets. The data collected on the new items will be used to highlight areas where police forces could work together to procure equipment in a more collaborative, cost-effective way, and the government will work with the sector to ensure that this is the case going forward. The data is published on this site, allowing you to see how much your local force has spent over the past year.

Identifying opportunities to achieve savings

Most of the savings from this year’s figures result from the police-led Collaborative Law Enforcement Programme. It actively supports forces to achieve savings through collaboration and standardisation and aggregation in areas such as uniform and vehicles.

Some examples of the savings achieved include:

  • forces across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire bought uniforms together to halve the cost of their fleeces from £32.95 to £15.95.

  • four forces in Yorkshire - South Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Police and Humberside Police – worked together to reduce prices of vehicles by up to £10,000 per vehicle since 2016 to 2017.

Nick Hurd, Minister for Police and Fire, said:

“This year, taxpayers will be investing an additional £460 million in our police system. They do not expect the police to waste their money through inefficient procurement. I congratulate the police on impressive progress in recent years to squeeze out inefficiency. However these numbers show that the work is not complete. We will continue to work with the police to make sure that the taxpayer is getting value for money.”

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