Capita continues summer spending spree with acquisition of police software supplier Cedar


Capita continues summer spending spree with acquisition of police software supplier Cedar

Karl Flinders

Capita has acquired a software company that specialises in providing human resources software to UK police forces.

The outsourcing firm paid £15m for Cedar, which follows recent acquisitions of customer management service provider Vertex this month and contact centre operation Ventura in July.

Capita is hoping to win business in UK policing following the acquisition of Cedar, which has 30 UK forces as customers already.

"This acquisition adds both innovation and breadth to our solutions for police forces," said Andy Parker, joint chief operating officer of the Capita Group. "It will allow us to offer a full end-to-end back-office solution, integrating payroll, rostering and scheduling, finance and procurement - in essence a platform for transformation in what is an important new market for Capita."

The need for forces to become better users of outsourcing was made clear in a report from the Home Office which, among other things, recommended greater outsourcing to deliver resource efficiencies and redeployment opportunities that will help protect the frontline.

A report from thinktank The Policy Exchange, which looked at how UK police authorities can cut costs, pointed to outsourcing and shared services as a way of meeting government targets while retaining frontline staff. The report, Cost of Cops: manpower and deployment in policing, was also published this month.

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