Ford wins contract with Police Scotland
16 January 2014
Author: Will Stretton
Ford has won the first contract to supply vehicles to Police Scotland, the newly unified Scottish police force.
The authority's first vehicle order comprised 124 Ford Focus and 58 Transit Custom models, all of which were bought outright from Ford.
Police Scotland was established in April 2013 and the second largest force in the UK after the Metropolitan Police is responsible for policing an area of 28,000 square miles. This order for new Ford vehicles boosts its total fleet size to 3500, comprising of a range of different vehicle makes including 1311 pre-existing Ford vehicles.
"We chose from vehicles approved by the National Association of Police Fleet Managers and after evaluation of the whole-life costs of the various models available, Ford won the contract," said Tony Chalk, Police Scotland transport manager. "The creation of Police Scotland has meant the centralisation of all purchasing for the police across the country, which improves standardisation and helps to reduce costs."
Terry Adams, Ford's direct sales manager, said: "Ford has supplied vehicles to the various regional police forces across Scotland for many years, and we welcome the opportunity and benefits offered by the centralised purchasing decisions."