The Police act 1996 (equipment) (amendment) regulations 2012 and the Police act 1996 (services) regulations 2012: impact assessment

Document type
Impact Assessment
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Home Office
Home Office
Date of publication
1 October 2011
Criminal Justice Services, Legislation
Social welfare
Material type

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This impact assessment accompanies the consultation on proposed changes to the framework for police procurement. The policy objectives are to reduce the cost to the police service of buying equipment, goods and services ensuring that savings identified in the Collaborative police procurement programme are realised. The intended effects are that procurement is aggregated, delivering savings; that duplicated procurement activity by police staff is reduced and that each kind of saving helps the police service to manage real cuts in funding. In addition, it will become easier for suppliers to engage with the police service. The impact assessment considers the baseline option of doing nothing and continuing with present arrangements in which most police procurement is local, or collaborative only on a voluntary basis, with only four categories of equipment covered by nationally prescribed frameworks, which will not deliver the full potential savings; and a second, preferred option of using existing regulatory powers to drive aggregated procurement of specified equipment and services where appropriate contractual arrangements exist.

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