The Contracts Department advises Thames Valley Police on how to obtain the most cost-effective goods and services for the Force.
The department prepares tenders, drafts terms, evaluates offers, identifies best value solutions, and manages the contracts once they have been awarded and put into action.
Thames Valley Police’s Contracts Department is actively engaged in procurement partnerships with other police forces.
[image: Sheena Evans] It also makes use of contracts managed by other organisations - ie other police forces, the Home Office, Home Office Commercial Directorate and Crown Commercial Services and Efficiency Reform Group (ERG). We are the lead Force for numerous contract initiatives, including those at regional and national levels.
The department is based in Kidlington, Oxfordshire. It is staffed by professionally qualified people who have a wealth of commercial procurement knowledge. The Head of Procurement is Sheena Evans and she is also responsible for the Force Stores Department.
Sheena first joined Thames Valley Police in 1996 as Supplies Assistant. Having progressed to the role of Contracts Manager, she decided to broaden her experience and left the Procurement department to become the Oxfordshire Basic Command Unit Business Manager. Sheena then worked for Gloucestershire Constabulary in the Supplies and Contracts department before rejoining Thames Valley Police in August 2008.
The department supports buyers in specialist functions and through the Corporate Procure to Pay Function. Requests for goods and services can be made via the Procure to Pay team and for more complex requests the Contracts team.