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Perfecting police procurement

By Steve Norris, Managing Partner and O2 public sector champion – Criminal Justice and Emergency Services

Police forces across the UK are facing increasing pressures with constant budget cuts, rising demands and both citizen and public sector expectations. With communities to consider, from officers on the streets to back office employees, the need for all of your people to have the right tools to do their jobs has never been more apparent. And that’s when the procurement process can seem daunting.

When procuring for your organisation, you want to make sure that you’re getting the best value for money, and in this case, public money. However, in doing so you are opening yourself up to long, time-consuming and expensive processes of further competition. Or are you?

In line with public sector procurement, O2 has been working on developing Standard Service Offers (SSOs) which are focused on the needs of the public sector. What this means, is that many of our products and services will be available to buy directly ‘off the shelf’, saving time and money. Not only do these SSOs allow our customers to benefit from simple and straightforward purchasing whilst being compliant, but through our joined up solutions it allows them to access our partners who may not hold a place on a government framework.

Most recently one of our SSOs has enabled Sussex Police to procure the services required to improve the efficiency of its officers across the force. By making this procurement process easier and more transparent, Sussex Police will have saved time, money and resource and will be able to invest the savings elsewhere within the force.

O2 is committed to helping public sector organisations deliver a great service for their citizens from beginning to end. My team will be at the Superintendents’ Annual Conference in Stratford upon Avon running from 5-7 September, so please come and say hello, I would love to hear about your views on the procurement process. Alternatively, you can get in touch on Twitter @stevejnorris.

Ready to scale up your business? Call an O2 business specialist on 0800 028 0202 or call free from your O2 mobile on 8002.

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