Please note that this information is correct as at 11 April 2022 and may be subject to change. Essex Police aim to review and update this publication annually.
As with all publications of information by Essex Police, please note caveats may apply regarding the accuracy of data.
Facilities Management and Mechanical and Electrical Service Maintenance Contracts
Further information about our procurement services can be found on the Essex Police website.
Contracts Finder can be used to search for contract opportunities, find out what is coming up in the future and look up details of previous tenders and contracts.
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The Bluelight Procurement Database also provides Contact and Procurement information.
When we receive requests for individual contact information, with so many customers and other staff managing or involved with contracts and with staff moving roles so frequently, any specific Contract Owner/Procurement Officer names/contact numbers/e-mail addresses quickly become out of date. Therefore, please use the below generic e-mail address for the Joint Essex Police and Kent Police Procurement Department:
Details of the Office Cleaning, Lift Service and Maintenance, Waste, Laundry, Fire Alarms, Intruder Alarms, CCTV and Access Control contracts. This includes supplier/provider, annual spend, contract description, the number of sites covered, contract start and end dates, contract duration, date due for tender and contact details.
Lift Service & Maintenance
Suez Re-cycling & Recovery
Estimated £947k pa
c. £260,000 pa
c. £320,000 pa
c. £15,000 pa
Planned Maintenance of Passenger & Goods Lifts
All Waste Streams Including Crime Scene Management
No further information will be provided by virtue of the following exemptions:
Section 24(1) – National Security
Section 31(1)(a)(b)(f) – Law Enforcement
Section 38(1)(a)(b) Health and Safety
As you will be aware, any release under the Freedom of Information Act is a disclosure to the world, not just to the individual making the request. Whilst not questioning the motives of the applicant, there are concerns with regards to naming the companies that we use for Fire Alarms, Intruder Alarms, CCTV and Access Control and the potential for security breaches i.e. someone purporting to be an engineer from x company and gaining unauthorised access to the Essex Police estate.
The threat from terrorism cannot be ignored. It is generally recognised that the international security landscape is increasingly complex and unpredictable. Since 2006, the UK Government has published the threat level, based upon current intelligence and that threat is currently categorised as ‘substantial’, see below link:
The UK continues to face a sustained threat from violent extremists and terrorists. It is well established that Police forces use covert tactics and surveillance to gain intelligence in order to counteract criminal behaviour. It has been previously documented in the media that many terrorist incidents have been thwarted due to intelligence gained by these means.
Any information identifying the focus of policing activity could be used to the advantage of terrorists or criminal organisations. Information that undermines the operational integrity of these activities will adversely affect public safety and have a negative impact on both National Security and Law Enforcement.
Public Interest Considerations
Factors favouring disclosure of information for Section 24
The public are entitled to know how public funds are spent and by disclosing this information the public would be able to see where money is being spent and know that Essex Police is safeguarding those working for the Police Service and members of the public.
Factors against disclosure of information Section 24
Taking into account the current security climate within the United Kingdom, there should be no information released that may aid criminals/terrorists and their activities. To what extent the release of information may aid a criminal/terrorist is unknown, but it is clear that it will have an impact on a force’s ability to monitor criminal/terrorist activity if the Essex Police estate was to be compromised.
The public entrust the Police Service to make appropriate decisions with regard to their safety and protection and those working for the Police Service. The only way of reducing risk is to be cautious with what is placed into the public domain.
The cumulative effect of criminals/terrorists gathering information from various sources would build a picture of vulnerabilities within certain scenarios. The more information placed in the public domain over time, will provide a more detailed account of the tactical infrastructure of not only a force area but also the country as a whole.
Any incident which results from such a disclosure would by default affect National Security.
Factors favouring disclosure of information for Section 31
Providing the requested information would lead to a better informed public demonstrating that Essex Police take the security of their estate seriously.
Factors against disclosure of information Section 31
Essex Police has a duty of care to the community at large and public safety is of paramount importance. If a Freedom of Information (FOI) disclosure were to reveal information to the world, it would not only compromise and undermine the security of the national infrastructure, the effective delivery of operational law enforcement would also be undermined as offenders, including terrorist organisations, could use this knowledge to their advantage which would compromise public safety and more worryingly encourage offenders to carry our further crimes.
Factors favouring disclosure of information for Section 38
The disclosure of the information would lead to better informed public awareness of how Essex Police take the security of their estate seriously.
Factors against disclosure of information Section 38
The disclosure of information could place those working for the Police Service or members of the public at risk.
The points above highlight the merits of not disclosing information pertinent to this request. The Police Service is charged with enforcing the law, preventing and detecting crime and protecting the communities we serve. Unauthorized access to the Essex Police estates could compromise ongoing investigations or undermine the policing purpose in the effective delivery of operational law enforcement.
Whilst there is a public interest in the transparency of policing operations and investigations, providing reassurance that the Police Service is appropriately and effectively engaging with the threat from criminals/terrorists, there is a very strong public interest in safeguarding the integrity of Police investigations and all areas of operations carried out by Police forces throughout the UK. As much as there is a public interest in knowing that policing activity is appropriate and balanced it will only be overridden in exceptional circumstances.
Upon reviewing the factors, we have made a decision that the public interest does not meet the threshold in releasing the details requested.
Essex Police will not divulge information if it is likely that it will compromise the work of the Police Service, place those working for the Police Service or members of the public at risk. It is, therefore, our belief that the balance test lies in favour of not disclosing the information.