Three police forces forge ahead with G4S privatisation plans despite Olympic debacle

Three police forces are pushing ahead with plans to use G4S to take over key services, despite the firm’s Olympic fiasco.

The Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire police authorities met today (August 22) with chief officers from the three forces. 

There were calls to ditch G4S from providing “backroom” services to the forces after the company’s failure to provide staff for the London 2012 Games.

Police chiefs, including Cambridgeshire’s Chief Constable Simon Parr, were urged to reconsider any contract with the firm.

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

But a statement from the three authorities today said: “The meeting was provided with an update on progress and work will continue in accordance with the three police authorities’ decision to develop a full business case that will examine outsourcing the forces’ organisational support services via the Lincolnshire Police contract, with G4S as the supplier. 

“The three police authorities had asked at the end of June for this full business case to be developed, but a review of this approach was requested by the Joint Working Group when it convened on July 23.

“That meeting took place against the backdrop of events relating to the Olympics, with concerns being raised regarding G4S’s ability to deliver.

“The work to develop the full business case will continue to scrutinise the Lincolnshire Police/G4S contract and assess the ability of the contract to meet the specific requirements of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. 

“The full business case will therefore be completed over the next few months, ready for consideration and a decision by the chief constables in conjunction with the incoming police and crime commissioners.”      

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