Business, IT and Fleet/Stores
The Business Office is staffed by a Business Manager, who oversees all procurement across the RCIPS. The procurement of police equipment can often be time-sensitive, but it also must adhere to CIG guidelines and best practices. The RCIPS strictly adheres to all guidelines in its tendering processes.
The Business Manager provides advice and makes recommendations to the Commissioners on Business Administration and Financial matters. The Business Manager is also responsible for the RCIPS annual budget of approximately $40.4 million and has authority to sign relevant documents as it relates to the payment of procurement of goods and services. The Business Manager also oversees Fleet and Stores, as well as ICT Administration.
Fleet and Stores
Any police service requires substantial equipment and a large and varied fleet of vehicles to function effectively in fulfilling policing duties and emergency response. The RCIPS has 111 police vehicles, including larger SUVs and trucks, sedans and motorcycles. The vehicles in the fleet vary according to their purposes. Some are marked as police vehicles, in terms of being painted white with the RCIPS logo and colours, whereas others are unmarked vehicles for use by detectives and during police operations. The interior of all marked police vehicles are also adapted for police use and prisoner transfers.
The procurement, modification and maintenance of such a large vehicle fleet are complex tasks, requiring both organization and technical skill.
The RCIPS Stores acts as the main dispensary within the organization for all police equipment, from uniforms to ballistic vests to office supplies. Maintaining proper levels of inventory and tracking this inventory so that it is available when needed is critical to the functioning of the overall Service. In 2017 new software was introduced to upgrade police inventory management, resulting in far greater control and accuracy in the tracking of all police equipment across the three islands.
Fleet and Stores are staffed and managed by an industrious team of civilian staff.
Information and Communications Technology Administration
Smoothly functioning computer systems and hardware are the foundation of modern police work in any jurisdiction. For the RCIPS, these systems and hardware must be maintained and upgraded across eleven police properties on three islands. In 2017 the mammoth tasks of upgrading outdated computer operating software as well as replacing outdated computers were undertaken. Throughout the course of the year, all outdated operating software was upgraded and one hundred fifty computers were successfully replaced. Our conscientious IT staff, consisting of an IT Administrator and Junior IT Administrator, executed this renewal of our computer systems, which has contributed greatly to the smoother functioning of the overall Service.