With the CTCC applying for Foundation Status, the Dog Section is to be used as a bit of a pilot scheme to show how this new wonderthingy can be rolled out across the Force area.
Ken Jones, the president of ACPO is strongly in favour, apparently. He said it was time to consider “taking a few more risks” with the organisation of policing.
There might be a name change to the Dog Foundation Trust and the Dog Section assets will be sold off to allow for the resulting 2m cash surplus to fund new management facilities, meaning the the Force will not have to borrow money or try to use any private finance initiatives. Sponsored dog jackets could be the way forward. Where we will keep the dogs could be a bit of a problem. We might have to take all of them home now. Where will the boss go when he wants to squeeze his head in a bit of a hurry?
Last year the Greater Metropolitan Constabulary sold off the most of its Dog Section resources, including some of its buildings and land for £17.5m, helping it to make the largest financial budget surplus within its family of Forces. Someone will be pleased about this. I understand this will be modelled on the M’o’D leaseback that proved so successful for the company who bought the accommodation units and leased them back to the M’o’D.
“The very substantial gains from the capital sale of this prime central Metropolitan land will be used to develop a research and development centre,” said a GMC Trust spokesman.
Since obtaining a Trust status and selling off some of its assets, the trust had struggled to afford the rental of suitable buildings to house many of its staff, but said foundation status allowed it to explore “more innovative” options for future projects and the ability to realise financial procurement on an individual basis where prudent and necessary.
None the less, becoming a Foundation Trust has many benefits, including:
- Helping us to provide a better service for our customers;
- Developing and enhancing our services;
- Greatly reducing the need to hit Government targets;
- Reducing the need to submit duplicated statistical information for coloured charts;
- Involving customers, public and staff in shaping the future of the Force through the Foundation Trust membership and governor scheme;
- Providing the opportunities for even more meetings;
- Raising capital money without going through current Government approvals processes;
- Retaining financial surpluses made during a financial year.
- Freedom to decide locally how to meet their obligations;
- Accountable to local people who can become members or governors;
- Authorised and monitored by Monitor who has a special badge.
- Becoming a Foundation Trust will benefit our stakeholders and partner organisations.
The pixie dust is settling at the first of the public consultation meetings. I understand they have nice biscuits on the table.
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