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.
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