G4S set to be ditched from plans to take over police services

G4S is set to be ditched from providing ‘backroom’ services for Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire police after the firm’s Olympic security debacle.

The three forces were planning on using the security firm to take over human resources, information communication technology, procurement, corporate communications, fleet, legal services and business support. 

But after the company’s failure to provide staff for the London 2012 Games, the forces were urged to reconsider any contract with the firm.

G4S is now seen as an unacceptable risk after calls from MPs and rank-and-file officers for force chiefs to dump the company and a decision will be made next week after crunch meetings by the three police authorities.

The departments earmarked for outsourcing to G4S employ 1,191 staff with a total spend of £77 million across the three forces.

A police spokesman said: “The Chief Constables of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire police forces have met and discussed at considerable length the current situation regarding the work to develop a full business case for the outsourcing of organisational support services through the Lincolnshire Police contract with G4S.

“Their meeting enabled them to consider the findings of the review of the contract to date and assess how it could meet the complex requirements of the three forces.

“The chief constables are continuing this discussion and will share their assessment with police authority members at a meeting of the strategic alliance joint working group early next week.

“Any changes to the current programme would have formally to be considered in public by each police authority.

“Until the police authorities have decided how they want proceed it is not appropriate to comment further.”

Ruth Rogers, chairman of Cambridgeshire Police Authority, said: “I am also deeply concerned about the situation with respect to the provision of Olympic Security.

“I want to reassure the people of Cambridgeshire that this new information will feed into the organisational support business case, which is currently being worked on.

“We have always said we will be examining all the evidence available before we come to any conclusion. 

“But, it is clear to me that both the authority and the constabulary need to have real confidence in any potential provider of organisational support services to deliver.”



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