Objective 3

Deliver value for money through continuous improvement

3.1 Focus

  • Deliver BTP’s Futures Programme by 2014 in order to maintain performance within future funding
  • In the first year of the Plan benchmark with other forces, rail and other industries to identify areas for further potential efficiency savings in years 2 and 3. Wherever possible we will take into account industry control periods when setting our frameworks
  • Implement a learning and development strategy which ensures that BTP recruits and retains the very best staff

3.2 Utilisation

  • The Force and Authority will work with the industry to explore opportunities for outsourcing, shared services and collaboration
  • Reduce non-staff spend levels as a percentage of staff spend (excluding VAT) so that BTP is in the upper quartile of forces by 2014
  • Deliver efficiency savings in those functions identified through comparison with CIPFA and HMIC Value for Money profiles
  • Optimise BTP’s supervisory ratios to provide the most efficient operational structure to support operational service delivery
  • Optimise BTP’s temporary, contract and consultancy staff levels

3.3 Control

  • Introduce command and control arrangements for the national police air service if given an agreed national mandate
  • Exercise financial control through rigorous four weekly Departmental and Area finance reviews
  • Develop robust set of business focused key performance indicators in conjunction with key stakeholders by the end of 2011/12

3.4 Improvement

  • Without diluting services to our current stakeholders, exploit opportunities to broaden BTP’s remit wherever there is operational fit in order to improve value for money, achieve greater economies of scope and scale, and support Government objectives
  • Work with the Department for Transport to explore opportunities for future collaboration and ability to defray overhead and operating costs
  • Review information management processes and technology systems to ensure that they meet the operational need and support operational decision making
  • Develop a strategy for IT and Estates that meets the operational requirement at reduced cost
  • Further reduce sickness absence
  • Carry out end to end reviews of BTP’s Criminal Justice processes and ensure opportunities for improvement are implemented

Go to Objective 2: Helping to make rail transport systems safer and more secure

Go to Objective 4: Promoting confidence in the use of rail transport systems