The Police ICT Company has published a tender for a replacement framework agreement for specialist systems covering training records and asset management, with the latter including police dogs.
The four-year, multi-supplier framework aims to start on 2 November 2020 and will be worth between £5 million, based on the current framework it replaces, and an upper limit of £16 million. It will be open for use by all UK police forces.
It covers two areas. The first, training records capture and management, concerns specialist police skills including firearms use, dog handling and driving vehicles in emergency blue light situations. Police forces are legally required to keep detailed records of training in skills listed by the College of Policing.
The second, asset management, concerns equipment including firearms, surveillance kit, automatic number plate recognition cameras and specialist vehicles, as well as police dogs.
“These are assets that are in limited supply, that need to be kept securely, that need to be locatable 24 hours a day, that need to be disposed of in a controlled manner, that we need to keep records of where they are used and that require specialist competencies to operate,” according to the procurement notice published in the Office Journal of the European Union.
The notice says that price is not the only criteria for awarding places on the framework, for which applications must be received by 14 September.
Image of PD Charlie, a German Shepherd handled by PC 89 Morgan, from Gwent Police