The police service in England and Wales spends about £3.3bn each year on goods and services, of which £2.8bn is spent by police authorities through contracts let nationally, regionally or locally. Goods and services for policing are bought in up to 43 different ways across the country.
A more joined up approach will save the police money on buying equipment and services and sharing IT. This consultation is about the first step towards that more joined up approach. The consultation asks for your views on the impact of this approach to rationalising police procurement and on the detail of proposed regulations.
The consultation period is eight weeks.
Policing in the 21st century
Alongside this consultation, we are also running a wider consultation - Policing in the 21st century: re-connecting the police and the people. Chapter four explains that to make savings as soon as possible, the government will propose regulations to make the police buy some equipment and services through particular contracts and will publish a more detailed consultation on the proposed regulations.
This document is the more detailed consultation on proposed regulations.