Vehicle Recovery and Examination Service - Perivale

Reference code: 
PCD 747
Date signed: 
20 May 2020
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

The purpose of this proposal is to secure the continuity of the Vehicle Recovery and Examination Service (VRES). VRES is an essential Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) function, providing a vehicle recovery, removal, examination, storage and disposal service across London in accordance with over a dozen statutory regulations. It processes over 36,000 vehicles a year that interfaces with operational teams across the MPS and plays an important and increasing role in crime-fighting. This paper seeks approval to continue to progress the options in relation to the current VRES site at Perivale.


The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime is asked to approve the recommened option for the future of the Perivale Pound as set out in the part 2 paper. 

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

1.    Introduction and background 

1.1.    The Strategic Outline Case (SOC) and Outline Business Case (OBC) [PCD 661] for this project outlined a set of short and medium-term options for the VRES operating structure, covering both its Estates footprint and arrangements with commercial third parties.  

1.2.    This paper proposes recommendations to progress one part of the estates footprint. 

1.3.    Due to the commercially sensitive nature of the proposals the detail is provided in the restricted section of the report (Part 2). 

2.    Issues for consideration

2.1.    A key consideration for this proposal is the scarcity of suitable land in an appropriate location. Further details are set out in the restricted section of the report.   

3.    Financial Comments

3.1.    This information is contained in the restricted section of the report.

4.    Legal Comments 

4.1.    The MOPAC has the power to acquire and dispose of properties (including land) under paragraph 7 (2) (b) of Schedule 3 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (the Act).  

4.2.    The Commissioner may also do anything which is calculated to facilitate, or is conducive or incidental to acquiring and disposing of property (apart from land) but only with the consent of MOPAC under paragraph 4 (2) (b) of Schedule 4 of the Act.

4.3.    Paragraph 4.8 of the MOPAC Scheme of Delegation and Consent provides that the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime has delegated authority to approve business cases for revenue or capital expenditure of £500,000 or above.

4.4.    Further detail is contained in the restricted section of the report. 

5.    Commercial Issues

5.1.    This information is contained in the restricted section of the report.

6.    GDPR and Data Privacy

6.1.    The MPS is subject to the requirements and conditions placed on it as a 'State' body to comply with the European Convention of Human Rights and the Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018. Both legislative requirements place an obligation on the MPS to process personal data fairly and lawfully in order to safeguard the rights and freedoms of individuals.

6.2.    Under Article 35 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Section 57 of the DPA 2018, Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA) become mandatory for organisations with technologies and processes that are likely to result in a high risk to the rights of the data subjects.

6.3.    The Information Assurance and Information Rights units within MPS will be consulted at all stages to ensure the project meets its compliance requirements.

7.    Equality Comments 

7.1.    There are no equality and diversity impacts identified or foreseen arising from these proposals.  

8.    Background/supporting papers

8.1.    None. 

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