The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) spends on average £1billion each year on goods, services and works to support operational policing across Greater London. The MPS’s Procurement Services department co-ordinates procurement activity related to this expenditure across three broad categories: Information and Communications Technology, Corporate and Operational Police procurement and Property.
Selling to the MPS
The MPS makes every effort to ensure that the money it receives from the public is spent in the most responsible manner. There are several important reasons why the MPS spends time and energy on procurement processes:
Exercise for shared services
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on behalf of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) are engaging the market regarding the way in which services to support front line policing are delivered.
Responsible Procurement means pioneering socially, environmentally and economically responsible procurement to deliver improved quality of life and better value for money.
The MPS’s procurement processes are designed to ensure suppliers are financially, commercially and technically capable to meet the MPS requirements to delivering value in the contract.
Ordering goods and services
The Metropolitan Police Service operates a 'No Purchase Order - No Payment' policy. From 1st October 2011, all invoices submitted to the MPS for payment which do not reference a valid Purchase Order will be returned to the supplier.
The MPS uses two complementary electronic systems to advertise and manage its quotation and tendering processes: Bluelight and CompeteFor.