This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Tuesday 4 July 2017
Dorset Police

Transforming Forensics Programme Delivery Partner

11 Incomplete applications

7 SME, 4 large

12 Completed applications

6 SME, 6 large

Important dates

Tuesday 20 June 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 27 June 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 4 July 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Summary of the work
Delivery Partner (DP) support to the TF programme in developing a Full Business Case (FBC) including any subsequent delivery projects. Flexible provision of a range of personnel with expertise in programme & project management, FBC development and scientific technologies/digitisation.
Latest start date
Friday 1 September 2017
Expected contract length
24 months
No specific location, eg they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for
Dorset Police
Budget range

About the work

Why the work is being done
Policing in the UK faces a series of challenges as it seeks to modernise, become more efficient, and make the most of technology and innovation to respond to modern and future demands.
As an integral part of policing, forensic science is facing these challenges too. The TF programme is designed to support forensic science in policing and turn this challenge into an opportunity.
The long term programme vision envisages a unified, nationally managed service that ensures a consistently world-class level of delivery, training, support and evidence provision across the UK.
Problem to be solved
Forensic services within policing have undergone significant changes in recent years. However, policing continues to change, as does the demand it faces and the types of crimes and criminals it deals with.
The TF Programme needs a Delivery Partner (DP) to assist with the design, mobilisation and delivery. The DP resource needs to be able to flex over the length of the contract and the partner is expected to work as an integral part of the TF team to further refine the most appropriate resourcing structure & deliverables to meet the challenge of the problem.
Who the users are and what they need to do
TF programme and project teams from policing and wider CJS to provide :

1. Programme/Project Management according to best practice.
2. A common IT/communications platform service from which the Programme team (~50 strong) can work together.
3. Specialist resources focused on the development & delivery of a FBC in accordance with the Treasury 5-Case standards.
4. Develop a supporting economic and financial cost and benefit model.
5. Project planning and delivery phases with key focus on the new scientific and forensic technologies and capabilities.
6. Flexible support from a range of specialist professionals.
7. Communications and stakeholder engagement services.
Early market engagement
Private sector consultancy support was procured to support the initial set up, design & planning of the TF programme management office (PMO), work stream project deliverables, resourcing options and early delivery proposals, with an interim team now in place.
Any work that’s already been done
Procurement and delivery of an Outline Business Case (appendix I) containing five options that were presented to Chief Constables and Police & Crime Commissioners in April & May 2017 respectively.

Option 1 – Maintain existing service continuity
Option 2 – Utilise local enablers
Option 3 – A nationally enabled infrastructure
Option 4 – Aggregation of service delivery
Option 5 – Full service integration & unified delivery

Support and approval has been received from Chief Constables and Police & Crime Commissioners for this to be developed into a Full Business Case (FBC) focusing on options 4/5.
Existing team
An interim programme management team has been established, comprising of personnel from policing, Home Office and contractors reporting to a Programme Director appointed from policing. The team is covering the core responsibilities of programme management, procurement activities, resource sourcing via secondments, risk/issue management, stakeholder engagement and early design work.
Current phase
Not applicable

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
The Programme requires a very flexible approach. It is expected that work will need to be delivered at a variety of locations including various Police Forces, at the existing PMO locations of London & Wakefield, as well as at the Delivery Partners own premises.
Working arrangements
This DP support will form the majority of a private sector contribution to a TF ‘rainbow team’ alongside secondments from the law enforcement community. It is envisaged the ratio of Police and private sector personnel will be around 50/50% and certainly the consultants should always be <50% of the team to ensure the programme remains police owned and led.
The DP will bring in the required personnel to deliver the PMO and project and technical delivery resources. The DP will provide a flexible team of relevant, experienced professionals and work as an integral part of TF programme team.
Security clearance
The successful supplier will need to have in place at the commencement of the contract, resources that hold, or are prepared to undergo NPPV3 clearances under the police national contractors vetting scheme.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • o Experience of providing delivery partner support, programme & project management and support based on established and recognised PM methodologies and standards.
  • o The principle expertise required including but not limited to, PMO, ICT, Commercial, Quality, Science & Technology and Business Change.
  • o Ability to form and provide a flexible team of suitably qualified and experienced personnel to support the TF programme in a secure environment.
  • o Ability to work with a broad range of customers & stakeholders to plan for, select and manage appropriate team members within tight timescales
  • o Understanding of and experience within the environment and domain of police forensics and the wider policing landscape.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • o Specialist ICT and technical support service to establish/maintain the platform that the TF programme runs on and develops into
  • o An understanding of the commercial & financial arrangements for forensic science in policing
  • o An understanding of how the police use forensics, the current police operating models and the current forensic regulatory framework in which these processes are delivered.

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many suppliers to evaluate
Proposal criteria
  • Explain how you would resource and organise the team, who they would be and why, including role descriptions, security clearance and responsibilities within the team ?
  • Please demonstrate your relevant experience within the last 2 years delivering DP support, transformational change programmes or projects, ideally within the policing and/or forensics areas ?
  • Please explain how you would develop a realistic mobilisation plan and what it would consist of, including assumptions, dependencies and expectations ?
Cultural fit criteria
  • o Ability & previous experience of functioning well as part of a wider team of operational police teams
  • o Ability to work with other industry suppliers without conflict of interests
  • o Flexibility, adaptability & responsiveness
Payment approach
Capped time and materials
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Case study
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Additional background information available for bidders.
If potential bidders require further background information then please email, and the following information will be provided;
Transforming Forensics - Executive Summary
Transforming Forensics - Outline Business Case
Forensic Science Strategy