Contract Award with the Civil Nuclear Constabulary

Reference code: 
PCD 458
Date signed: 
10 September 2018
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

The MPS is working to increase its armed capability across a number of armed role profiles to support the Government mandated National Firearms Uplift Programme by recruiting, training and deploying an increased number of armed officers. The paper seeks to outsource the basic Armed Firearms Officer (AFO) course, which is used by the protective security commands within Specialist Operations. This arrangement has been ongoing for the last few years and has proven successful.

Recommendation

The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime is recommended to:

  • Approve a training contract between MPS and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC), at a maximum cost of £1,996,000, funded from the CT annual grant fund for a 19-month period.

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

1.    Introduction and background

1.1.    There is a continuing need for the MPS to support the Government mandated National Firearms Uplift Programme by recruiting, training and deploying an increased number of armed officers.

1.2.    The MPS are seeking to renew the current training contract with the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC), to outsource a number of basic AFO courses places. 

2.    Issues for consideration

2.1.    The contract with CNC provides a short-term solution. The MPS are developing a strategic outline case focused on developing a model to create capacity and improve ways of working between the armed commands. 

3.    Financial Comments

3.1.    This will be funded from CT annual grant for a 19-month period. This is at a maximum cost £1.996m plus £0.278m for associated costs.

4.    Legal Comments

4.1.    The route to market is restricted to licensed UK police firearms training establishment and as such is exempt by from following the full OJEU public procurement regulations in accordance with Public Contract Regulations 2015 Regulation 32(2)(b)(ii), i.e. for technical reasons there is no competition because the MPS can only use other police forces to provide the services.

4.2.    The Department for Legal Services (DLS) have been fully engaged and drafted the contracts for this requirement and have confirmed that the terms of the agreement are reasonable.

5.    Equality Comments

5.1.    The Strategy Diversity & Inclusion team has been consulted about this project and provided feedback which will be taken into account.

6.    Background/supporting papers

6.1.    None.  


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