Outsourcing the Met's back office
To Protect And Save
Metropolitan Police plans to contract out services to the private sector present huge risks, the London Assembly is warning.
The Budget & Performance Committee report To Protect and Save cautions that unless the Met improves its commercial expertise, it risks a high-profile outsourcing failure. The report also finds:
- While the Met is initially focusing on “back-office” services, the Commissioner says that it must review “all but core policing functions” to determine whether external contractors can provide services at better value.
- Unsuccessful deals might not make the savings the Met needs, and could put its performance at risk.
- The Met lacks commercial expertise – this must be addressed if it is to secure good deals over the lifetime of contracts.
The report, alongside supporting documentation from throughout the Committee's investigation, is available below.
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