Forensic and other services procurement cost comparison

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Details of spending by West Mercia Police.

Most recent purchases made by West Mercia Police

The police and your police and crime commissioner (or Mayor, if you live in London or Greater Manchester) are responsible for delivering efficient policing that provides value for money. Between 2010 and 2015 police forces in England & Wales have reported combined efficiency savings of over £200m through better procurement of non-ICT goods and services, including through collaboration.

The table below shows you the most recent prices paid by the selected force for 18 items that police forces need to buy to support their operations and the delivery of effective policing, and whether the selected forces adopts a collaborative approach to the procurement of the purchased items. Variations in prices for similar items between forces may indicate potential opportunities for savings, although the information does not take into account ongoing work that police forces routinely undertake to reduce costs and make further efficiency savings.

You can use the information provided to compare expenditure by all police forces by clicking on any of the specified items that you are interested in.

Category Unit price Volume Purchase date Collaborative procurement Joint purchase Additional information

*First day of the month shown where only month and year are provided.

Variation in prices paid may also be due to differing specifications for items purchased – please see additional information column for further detail.

Volume information could not be provided consistently across all forces for all items – please treat volume data with caution, particularly for telephony, cleaning and gas supply services.

DNA test £18.45 242 15 February 2016 Yes Yes The Region is using the National Forensics Framework which has different specifications and price points for the item. This item is Police and Criminal Evidence Act DNA test 07BF (price point A1) which is the most appropriate comparator. Pricing is dictated by tender volumes not by order. The Regional tender was awarded according to Home Office requirements on percentage split across region with different forces taking different suppliers and therefore different prices. A new national forensic contract starts on 01 March 2016 for the whole region.
Toxicology test £26.92 5 26 February 2016 Yes Yes Information provided for toxicology test code 01 TOX A1 under the National Forensics Framework. The force is re-tendering under the framework.
Mobile phone examination £160.00 5 8 January 2016 Yes Yes Price quoted is for Mobile Phone + SIM Card. Pricing varies according to individual specifications. The joint Warwickshire-West Mercia framework has been awarded to two suppliers because of demand and turn-around time requirements and so pricing also varies between suppliers. Consolidated orders raised with pricing based on original tendered volumes - discounts applicable according to individual requirements.
Forensic stain analysis £115.00 34 15 February 2016 Yes Yes The Region is using the National Forensics Framework which has different specifications and price points. Information provided for described item code 01BF which includes both codes 20BF and 22BF under the National Forensics Framework specifications. Pricing is dictated by regional volumes not by individual force orders. The regional tender was awarded to Home Office requirements on percentage split across the region with different forces taking different suppliers and therefore different prices. New contract starting in March 2016.
Credit report or search £1.18 1 31 January 2016 Yes Yes Price quoted is for Identity Assurance report. Costs vary with types of reports used, ranging from £1.00 to £6.53.
Temporary staff administrator role £12.86 30 19 February 2016 No Yes Hourly cost reflects relationship to force salary scales as well as supplier's margin.
one-day car hire £19.00 30 10 February 2016 Yes Yes Information provided for one-day hire of 30 vehicles. Rate quoted for 5-door manual Fiesta/Astra sized vehicle hire which is Alliance basic standard vehicle. Orders are raised on a monthly basis to provider on estimated order value. Pricing determined at tender, not by order.
30-day car hire £11.75 224 10 February 2016 Yes Yes Information provided includes rate quoted for 5-door manual Fiesta/Astra sized vehicle which is Alliance basic standard vehicle. 8 cars hired for 28 days (standard billing period).
Ream of 500 sheets of white paper £2.44 250 16 February 2016 No Yes Information provided for bulk purchase order for Headquarters site including print room, ordered from specialist paper supplier with capability to service bulk ordering and specialist range. The force also orders for local delivery direct from stationery supplier. £11.50 per box of 5 reams or £2.30 per ream.
Telephone interpreting inc. recording services (per minute) £0.80 7031 31 January 2016 No Yes Consolidated orders raised for estimated purchases over elapsed time, not for individual purchases. Rate not order dependent. The force is awaiting the outcome of current framework exercises to inform future strategy.
Face-to-face interpreting for 4 hours (half-day) £135.32 4 29 January 2016 No No Information on volumes based on the latest purchase. Only an hourly rate is charged. The force alliance uses National local translators from the Register of Public Service Interpreters. Payments are made against individual claims. The representative weekday rate quoted is £33.83 per hour - entry is therefore 2hrs at £33.83. The force is awaiting the outcome of new procurement framework to inform its future strategy.
Standard office cleaning (force average per m2 per year) £8.57 93082 - Yes Yes Cleaning cost per m2 is dependent on building design, floor surface, percentages and total cleaned area. Facilities Management services for the force are managed and provided through Place Partnership Ltd, a local authority joint venture company who are the contracting body. They have provided comparator information from the National Police Estates Group benchmarking survey which quotes Qualifying Cost (GIA) per m2.
Gas supply to force headquarters (in £, based on cost in p per kWh) £0.0192 320947 11 January 2016 Yes Yes Facilities Management services for the force are managed and provided through Place Partnership Ltd, a local authority joint venture company who are the contracting body. They use Crown Commercial Service frameworks for the provision of energy services to the force.
Laptop purchase £788.00 10 15 February 2016 Yes Yes Force alliance standard specifications laptop except RAM and warranty - 4GB RAM, 3 yr warranty. Joint ICT department purchase for both West Mercia and Warwickshire Police. The most recent purchases have been made under West Mercia orders.
Desktop purchase £453.00 30 29 February 2016 Yes Yes Force alliance medium specifications except RAM - 4GB RAM. Joint ICT department purchase for West Mercia and Warwickshire – most recent purchases have been under West Mercia orders.
PC monitor - 19" or smaller (inc. cables) - - - - - The force alliance does not purchase monitors of this size.
PC monitor - 21" or wider (inc. cables) £79.95 1000 15 February 2016 Yes Yes Prices increase for smaller quantities.
Telephone call charges (per minute) £0.0065 - 17 January 2016 No No West Mercia Police plans to enter a joint contract with Warwickshire Police on a single network.

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