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Police and Crime Commissioners

Home Office written question – answered on 3rd November 2014.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons her Department has transferred responsibility for the procurement of HOLMES 3 to police and crime commissioners; and what steps she is taking to provide the requisite procurement skills to police and crime commissioners.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Government is clear that local policing priorities should be driven by local need, not the Home Office. Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and Chief Constables are best placed to determine these priorities, and are accountable to the communities they serve. As HOLMES is a capability supporting these priorities, it is only right that this responsibility has been transferred to PCCs.

We have established the Police ICT Company to provide the requisite procurement capability to PCCs to help them collectively manage and procure IT contracts and systems. As the company will be owned and led by PCCs, it is now for them to take immediate decisions on the specific functions of the company.

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