The National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) has launched an online procurement process to allow police forces...
to buy specified goods and services.
The National Police Procurement Hub will provide a range of approved goods online such as IT from 500 suppliers. The body for co-ordinating IT across the police estimates the hub will save forces £30m over six years.
Lincolnshire Police will be the first force to use the hub, with the NPIA in the process of rolling it out across all 43 forces. All forces are expected to be using it by June 2012.
Peter Steed, assistant chief officer and director of resources at Lincolnshire Police, said the hub would enable his force to make significant time and cost savings on the goods it purchases.
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."
The NPIA is due to be replaced next year by a police-led private company.