The Financial Management Code of Practice seeks to provide clarity around the financial governance arrangements within the police service, and reflects the statutory duty to secure value for money in the use of public funds. It applies to the discharge of functions by all Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales, and the Chief Constables of the police forces they maintain.
The Joint Financial Regulations for Norfolk and Suffolk (2016) are designed to establish overarching financial responsibilities, confer duties, rights and powers upon the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), the Chief Constable (CC) and those for whom they are responsible and to provide clarity about the financial accountabilities of groups or individuals. They apply to all PCC staff and all CC officers and staff and anyone acting on their behalf.
The PCC and Chief Constable are required to publish a list of each contract in which the PCC or the Chief Constable is involved, along with a copy of each contract where the value exceeds £ 10,000 . This is a requirement of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 , as enlarged up on and amended by Statutory Instruments 2011 3050 and 2012 2479.
All formal contracts arranged by the Norfolk Constabulary on behalf of the PCC are registered on the National Contracts Database.
In Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Kent, the 7 Force Procurement Function has been created to support police procurement activity.
The Contract Standing Orders - 7 Forces apply to all procurements carried out by the 7 Force Procurement Function, unless exceptional circumstances exist.
Invitations to tender
All Invitations to tender can be found on the EU-Supply website.
Expenditure over £500
The PCC and Chief Constable are required to publish information about each item of expenditure exceeding £500 (other than crime and disorder reduction grants), including the recipient of the funds and the reason why the PCC and Chief Constable consider that good value for money has been achieved.