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London Fire Brigade training contract

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 20th March 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour

Has the Met built in safeguards to its new contract with Babcock International given the failings identified by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) in Babcock’s delivery of its training contract for the London Fire Brigade?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) undertook significant due diligence prior to awarding its contract to Babcock International. This included learning from engagement with the London Fire Brigade and an independent commercial and organisational readiness review.

Babcock will work in partnership with the MPS and four London universities to develop new officer entry routes for apprenticeships and degree holders, the curriculum of which was set by the College of Policing. The MPS will continue to deliver specialist operational training.

The MPS assures me that it has established a strong ‘intelligent client’ capability to drive value for money and continuous improvement; and that a robust performance framework is in place.

The Babcock contract will be monitored by a dedicated project board under the wider MPS Transformation portfolio. The contract will also form part of the commercial dashboard scrutinised at MOPACs Investment Advisory Monitoring (IAM) meeting.