Framework agreement has potential to transform police efficiency

Cheshire Police Authority has signed a framework agreement with Capgemini UK which will increase efficiency and reduce costs of all back-office functions while protecting the front line and prioritising the visibility and availability of policing to the public.

Feb 17, 2011
By Paul Jacques
Police-recorded hate crimes in England and Wales. PA Graphic. Source Home Office. Figure for 2019/20 not included due to missing data.

Cheshire Police Authority has signed a framework agreement with Capgemini UK which will increase efficiency and reduce costs of all back-office functions while protecting the front line and prioritising the visibility and availability of policing to the public.

The integrated business systems solution is expected to generate savings for Cheshire Constabulary of at least £40 million over ten years.

Developed in collaboration with the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), the framework agreement will be available for all forces in the UK.

Using the framework will shorten and simplify the procurement process, thereby saving money and reducing the return on investment and benefits realisation time. Flexible options on technology hosting, for example, will enable forces to develop shared solutions that addresses the Government’s drive to streamline provision of back-office services.

The framework agreement covers HR, payroll, duty management (including rostering, time management and workforce planning), finance, procurement, performance management, logistics, asset management and fleet management.

Margaret Ollerenshaw, chairman of Cheshire Police Authority, said: “We are clear that very substantial cost savings can be made in our back-office support functions which will help minimise the risk to our frontline services.”

John Cook, Capgemini business development director, added: “The savings Cheshire Police Authority will make from the framework agreement can be replicated in most other police forces and will play an important part in helping police authorities meet their budgetary constraints while protecting the front line.”

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