Police 'wasting time and money'

Police forces are wasting time and money by over-complicating the purchase of common items such as high visibility vests, the spending watchdog said today.

Government 'doesn't know what it's doing' on police issue

David Hanson MP, shadow policing minister, said:

At a time when the government is cutting support from some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society such waste is simply unacceptable.

Police budgets are being slashed by 20% and forces are having to lose 15,000 officers by the next election under this government, so it is good news that hard working chief constables have been able to make some savings.

But this report rightly exposes that the government simply doesn't know what it is doing on this issue, with potential savings through national procurement undermined by the Home Secretary's rushed through police reforms.

– David Hanson MP, shadow policing minister

Police equipment specifications are 'unbelievable'

Margaret Hodge MP, chair of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has commented on the news that the National Audit Office believes that police forces are wasting money over equipment purchases.

It is unbelievable that something as simple as a high-visibility jacket has 20 different specifications, with associated prices that differ by as much as £80.

Instead of focusing money on tackling crime, police forces are wasting resources disagreeing over how many pockets they should have on their uniforms.

– Margaret Hodge MP

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Police forces 'wasting time and money' on equipment

Police forces are wasting time and money by over-complicating the purchase of common items such as high visibility vests, the spending watchdog said today.

The National Audit Office (NAO) said that forces have not agreed on standardised specifications for many goods and services, which reduces the possibilities of savings.

The watchdog found up to 20 different specifications among the 43 forces in England and Wales for high visibility vests, with some forces paying up to £100 for the item, while others only spent £20.