The NUMS Project has the support of all 43 forces in England & Wales plus other Emergency Service and non-Home Office agencies (such as BTP, CNC, NCA, MDP)and
- Standardisation, alignment, uniformity have all been discussed for many years – with various degrees of success. Significant savings and wider benefits could be realised by forces if they considered a Managed Service route.
- A wide range of specifications, sourcing methods, contracts and prices; which can often be for the same garment!
- Mix of in-house and small outsourced provision, no common disposal or tracking strategy or approach to tax tabbing and divided demand.
- Nationally, the 43 forces of England and Wales provide uniform services for over 160,000 uniformed officers and civilian staff.
- The cost of uniform products is estimated to be in excess of £50million nationally.
- According to Home Office estimates, the cost of provision of that uniform product to staff is estimated at a significantly higher proportion of spend and key driver for NUMS.
- Across all 43 forces in England and Wales, there is in excess of £12million worth of stock being held.
- There are over several thousand products and in excess of 100,000 line items (SKUs) across all forces.
Deliver a quality service which provides savings for those forces that collaborate within NUMSIn other words, even when the service is set up, not all forces will necessarily choose to collaborate.
This is nothing short of an epic scandal of inefficiency and the police service should hang its collective head in shame. One test of the influence of PCCs will be to see if they can make collective progress on this matter.
But perhaps I am missing something here: I am entirely open to being told that I am failing to understand the complexities of standardising uniforms across the country. So please just tell me...!
In the absence of being given these subtleties, I will continue to doubt the fine words anyone in the police service says about collaboration in general.
OK. Morning rant over.
UPDATE 0823 | 060614: In reply to a tweet from CC Lynne Owens who said "This is progress Jon & to suggest otherwise is a little unfair", I would say that I agree. My rant is not at the tender stage we have reached, but at the length of time it has taken to get here and the paucity of ambition contained within it. Yes it is progress but there is room for a great deal more...