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Bidders announced in police partnering programme

West Midlands Police headquarters Photo: ITV Central

West Midlands Police has announced the bidding companies selected as part of the business partnering for police programme (BPP).

The force made the announcement today with Surrey Police. Both have agreed to proposals to move forward with the BPP process.

They are:

  • British Telecommunications, Reliance Secure Task Management and Vanguard Consulting
  • Capita Business Services
  • G4S Care & Justice Services
  • Kellogg Brown & Root and IBM United Kingdom
  • Logica UK, Amey Community and Northgate Information Solutions
  • Serco, HP Enterprise Services, and Accenture

The Chief Constable Chris Sims has insisted the duties that would be contracted as part of the new programme would be to support officers to carry out frontline work by taking over back room tasks such as IT and data management.

The West Midlands force, like others across the Midlands, is facing 20% cuts to budgets. The Chief Constable believes that including the private sector will help save money while improving efficiency.

The force will now begin discussions with the bidders to explore the ideas and innovations that they could bring to policing.

"The whole BPP programme is about transforming the police and finding new ways to enhance the way our organisations deliver our service to the public.

"We will be seeking views from staff and the public from both forces about what they want to see from their police force in the future.

"We have said throughout this process that this is about utilising skills, expertise and solutions that the private sector may have to help us transform our service delivery."

– Deputy Chief Constable Dave Thompson, West Midlands Police