Single Tender Action to purchase equipment for MPS firearms officers

Reference code: 
DMPCD 2016 53
Date signed: 
14 March 2016
Authorisation name: 
Stephen Greenhalgh (past staff), Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime

Executive summary

In light of recent global events and especially those in Paris and other major European cities, there is a recommendation to purchase further equipment for MPS firearms officers in order to effectively response to changing threat levels and scenarios.

This equipment will be used to support the increase in firearms officers announced by the MPS Commissioner and increase the capability of the current armed response teams.

At time of writing, the threat level in London remains at ‘Severe’. The equipment mentioned in this decision is required as soon as possible in order to increase current capability and the threat level supports this need, hence the decision for Single Tender Action.

Armed Response Vehicles and Counter Terrorism Specialist Firearms Officers will be allocated this equipment and are trained to respond using the most recent attack methodology intelligence.

All equipment has been assessed as suitable and tested by the users and viewed as best placed to respond to emerging threat levels and attack methodologies.

Recommendation

The DMPC is asked to agree to the procurement, via Single Tender Action, of an increase in equipment for firearms officers totalling £11,284,088.87

The list of equipment is not published due to reasons of security.

Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

Decision required – supporting report

1. Introduction and background

In light of recent global events and especially those in Paris and other major European cities, there is a recommendation to purchase further equipment for MPS firearms officers in order to effectively response to changing threat levels and scenarios.
This equipment will be used to support the increase in firearms officers announced by the MPS Commissioner and increase the capability of the current armed response teams. 
At time of writing, the threat level in London remains at ‘Severe’. The equipment mentioned in this decision is required as soon as possible in order to increase current capability and the threat level supports this need, hence the decision for Single Tender Action.
Armed Response Vehicles and Counter Terrorism Specialist Firearms Officers will be allocated this equipment and are trained to respond using the most recent attack methodology intelligence.
All equipment has been assessed as suitable and tested by the users and viewed as best placed to respond to emerging threat levels and attack methodologies.
2. Issues for consideration

2.1. Rationales of each requirement are detailed within the supporting Statement of Requirement.

3. Financial Comments

3.1. The total cost of this purchase is £11.284m

4. Legal Comments

4.1. Single Tender Action is recommended in order to increase the speed of purchase in the face of heightened threat levels.

5. Equality Comments

5.1. N/A

6. Background/supporting papers

6.1 Statement of Requirement includes further detail on individual equipment