National Police Air Service (NPAS)

National Police Air Service saves over £600,000 in insurance costs

Thursday 31st October 2013

A new aircraft insurance policy for the National Police Air Service (NPAS) has resulted in savings of over £600,000 when compared to forces arranging their own insurance cover.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson appointed Hayward Aviation Limited to approach the international aviation market to seek quotations for a collaborative framework agreement for the provision of aviation insurance to the police and other emergency and UK security services.

Beverley Nichol-Culff, Head of Risk Management and Insurance for West Yorkshire Police, said: “The main focus was to review and harmonise the current aviation insurance programme to ensure it was fit for purpose for NPAS operations balancing the need to save money in a challenging economic environment and then to procure a new contract from 1 October, 2013, for a period of two years.”

Hayward’s Aviation Ltd Michael Potter, Client Executive Director added: “The initial changes that NPAS implemented alone equate to a saving in excess of £400,000 per annum against the total insurance premium when each of the forces arranged their own insurances.  In addition the overall monetary saving from the recent tender exercise is a further £214,600 per annum as well as enhancements in cover such as the operational multicrew limitation (loss of licence) and increased corporate defence costs.

“The insurance premium is ultimately driven by claims cost.  The tender exercise tested the options available to NPAS for pricing and coverage so it’s fit for purpose in a rapidly changing market.”

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson who is the lead PCC and Chair of the NPAS National Strategic Board, said: “In a time of unprecedented cuts to policing, I am fully committed to achieving value for money for West Yorkshire and across the country for other PCCs and Police forces.

“The agreement of this collaborative framework for aviation insurance represents the significant steps we are taking to ensure the best possible deals for the public in what is a ground breaking initiative.

“More savings are anticipated through maintenance agreements, service delivery and contracts.

“By harnessing innovation in the sector, we can continue to bring about genuine benefits to front line policing and all at a lower cost.”

NPAS operates under a lead force model through West Yorkshire Police.  This ensures that NPAS is led and owned by the police service.

Once all forces join NPAS there will be 23 bases and 28 aircraft to provide the operational capability to deliver an enhanced service to the public. Three reserve aircraft provide resilience when aircraft are offline for scheduled maintenance to minimise the reduction in service to ensure communities are safer and feel safe.

It is anticipated that NPAS will save up to £15 million a year compared to previous arrangements for police air support.

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