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The NPIA’s “Amazon-Style” online procurement system, the National Police Procurement Hub, has gone live in the biggest police force in the country, the Metropolitan Police Service.
This makes the MPS the latest force using the Hub. Kent and Suffolk have also recently gone live, and a further 23 forces are working towards being connected. Almost all forces in England and Wales are expected to be using the Hub by spring 2013.
The National Police Procurement Hub (NPPH) is an electronic marketplace that provides the police service with the ability to select and purchase a range of approved goods and services online such as IT, body armour and vehicles.
The Hub is set to save the police service £69 million over the next six years by supporting collaborative working across multiple forces and reducing the cost of purchases by harnessing the buying power of the police service and managing suppliers better. In particular, forces will benefit from:
- greater visibility and control over what is being spent, ensuring forces are buying goods and services consistently and at the best possible price.
- being enabled to buy from the right contract at the agreed price
- contracts staff potentially being freed up to work where they are most needed as more of the process is conducted online.
To date, some 3,700 orders have been placed through the Hub at a value of over £3.2 million. Overall, there are over 900 suppliers on the Hub and over 600 of these have a catalogue.
Ian Currie, Head of Commercial at the NPIA, said “It’s great to see more and more forces using this hugely beneficial service. The police service is committed to delivering significant savings from better procurement. Therefore, it is absolutely vital that those charged with buying goods and services have fast and direct access to this simple online purchasing system to access best value products and services.”
Lee Tribe, Director of Procurement for MPS commented “The MPS have delivered a remarkable achievement in going live with the Hub in five months from a standing start.
“I am delighted with the support we have received from NPIA and the programme team there who have worked closely with us in making this happen. The benefits for our suppliers in automating the ordering process will enable them to avoid re-keying MPS orders into their sales systems and speed up the end to end process. Users within MPS have access to a greater variety of products and services and faster delivery times.”
David Horne, the project’s Senior Responsible Owner, and former Chair of ACPO’s Procurement Portfolio said “In these financially challenging times it is essential that we take every opportunity to maintain services whilst reducing costs. We are therefore delighted that the Hub continues to be so well received by forces and suppliers.
“The Hub is a big step forward for the Police Service which is helping forces deliver yet more savings and provide better support for the service’s operational requirements.”
The NPPH project forms part of the Information Systems Improvement Strategy (ISIS),a programme for the police service that is using IT to improve efficiency. This will release savings and deliver operational improvements across policing and into the wider criminal justice system.