The new National Police Procurement Hub (NPPH) that allows police forces to complete the entire procurment process online went live today. The Hub gives the police services the ability to select, purchase and pay for a range of approved goods and services online from 500 suppliers, and is set to save the police service £30 million over six years.
The national platform would deliver these savings by harnessing the purchasing power of the police forces in supplier negotiations as well as in from the automated back office system.
In addition to the £30 million cash saving other benefits include:
- Making the procurement process more efficient by enabling forces to buy together, reducing costs
- A centrally managed process saving forces time on managing their own procurement process
- Providing forces with easy access to best value contracts
- Enabling SMEs (Small and Medium sized Enterprises) and other suppliers to work more efficiently with the police service.
"It's great to see this hugely beneficial service go live for the first time. The police service is committed to deliver significant savings from better procurement," Sue Moffatt, Head of Commercial and Procurement at the NPIA said. "It is absolutely vital that those charged with buying goods and services have access direct from their desktop to the tools that make them available quickly, and directly to their desktop, and now Lincolnshire does."
"The Hub complements existing procurement processes across the police service so forces do not need to invest in replacing current systems. It enhances existing processes and provides a simple online shopping system to access best value products and services."
Lincolnshire Police will be the first force to use the new National Police Procurement Hub (NPPH).
Peter Steed, Assistant Chief Officer and Director of Resources at Lincolnshire Police, said: "In these financially challenging times it is essential that we take every opportunity to maintain services whilst reducing costs. We are therefore delighted to be the first Force to adopt this system which will enable us to make significant time and cost savings on the goods that we purchase."
The National Police Procurement Hub project forms part of the Information Systems Improvement Strategy (ISIS), a reform 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. This new ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) endorsed initiative is being delivered by the NPIA in partnership with Procserve, a company which provides electronic procurement products. The NPIA is in the process of rolling it out across all 43 forces starting with Lincolnshire. All forces are expected to be using the Hub by June 2012.