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Police on target to save more than 7 million

Police

6:20am 8th February 2012

A money-saving regional fleet programme is on target to save police forces in Yorkshire and the Humber more than £7 million.

A number of cost-cutting initiatives have been introduced after the four forces were set a savings target of £10m over five years.

Heads of Transport at North Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Police and Humberside Police joined forces to establish a more collaborative way of working which has helped to keep vehicle maintenance, vehicle conversions and training costs in house.

There is also an agreement in place to collaborate with other north east region police forces when purchasing vehicles. This follows a vehicle procurement exercise which resulted in manufacturers Vauxhall and BMW being selected to supply patrol cars, cell vans and specialist roads policing vehicles.

Vauxhall will supply Astras and Corsas for use as patrol cars and Vivaros as cell vans. BMW will supply traffic cars and 4x4s.

As well as the regional purchasing agreement fleet bosses have negotiated regional contracts for emergency warning equipment, livery for police vehicles and have agreed to standardise all vehicles across the forces.

In addition, all the region's forces are now using West Yorkshire Police's vehicle commissioning department in Bradford, which means that money which would previously have been given to outside agencies can now be re-circulated within the forces.

Richard Flint, Head of Transport for North Yorkshire Police and the Regional Lead for Fleet, said:

"The regional link-up has been very positive so far and the changes we have made have resulted in some substantial cost savings.

"The way we are working now is much more viable for the future; we are sharing contracts, keeping costs in house and redistributing the money within our forces.

"We have discovered that by standardising our vehicles across the region a great deal of money can be saved and we are currently looking at all potential opportunities for collaboration.

"The regional heads of fleet meet regularly to identify further saving opportunities and monitor the progress of the initiatives we currently have in place."

Other cost saving measures which are taking place include the setting up a regional technical group, regional training of staff and the consideration of introducing one computerised fleet system to streamline administration processes across all the regional forces.

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