The Home Office has published 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 spends.
The data shows that there are areas where they pay similar prices for standard items using recommended procurement routes, collaborate to strike better deals with suppliers or even make savings by recycling equipment. There are also areas where more could be done to reduce the amount police pay for essential goods.
The Government wants forces to adopt a collaborative approach to procurement, 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.
The benefits of forces working together was demonstrated by a recent e-auction. Twenty forces, including Police Scotland and British Transport Police, collaborated to buy almost 3,000 police vehicles, and the deal delivered £3.7m of savings for the taxpayer.
Mike Penning, Minister for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice & Victims, said:
“Since 2010, police forces have increasingly worked together to buy goods and services and reaped over £200 million in savings by doing so.
“But there remains more to do. It makes no sense for forces to buy separately when money can be saved if they act together. That is why I have published key police procurement information on the prices that forces currently pay for the most common items of uniforms and equipment.
“This will help the public and Police and Crime Commissioners hold Chief Constables to account for how they spend taxpayers’ money and, crucially, reveal potential opportunities for further savings.”