DYFED-POWYS Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon has signed up to a new service to help the police provide even better value for money for taxpayers.

Up to 30 per cent of the goods and services bought by public sector organisations including the police are on similar items such as technology, utilities and stationery.

The Welsh Government’s National Procurement Service (NPS) will enable Dyfed-Powys Police to work with public sector partners to buy these types of goods and services and avoid duplication in spending.

Commissioner Salmon, said: “It is my duty to ensure that any spending by Dyfed- Powys Police is done wisely and provides maximum value for money for the public.

The NPS, with its ‘Buy Once for Wales’ approach, will help achieve this.

“During times of austerity, it is more important than ever that the police service does all it can to make sure public funds are spent wisely.

“By working with our partners, we can ensure we’re doing this while continuing to deliver essential policing services that people rely on.”

Like all other members of the NPS, the Commissioner has signed up for five years.

The aim is for the service to create a stronger centralised procurement in Wales, with improved collaborative working between organisations in the public sector.