HMIC and NAO issue a practical guide to help police forces procure for and manage private sector partnerships
Both the National Audit Office (NAO) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) recognise the continued demands on forces and Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to look for new and innovative ways of saving money while transforming efficiency. Reports published by both organisations have also highlighted how the police are now increasingly looking to work in partnership with private sector organisations to achieve these aims. But the amount of information available to forces to help them put in place and manage such arrangements has to date been limited. There is thus a risk that police forces may not be reaching the most efficient deal for the public.
The joint practical guide, Private sector partnering in the police service, which is published today, provides advice for PCCs and forces who are considering collaborations with the private sector. The guide is based on experiences of 12 forces, who have already embarked on such partnerships, and informed by our organisations’ expertise in policing, commissioning and private finance.