Dozens of former Lincolnshire police staff who transferred to the security firm G4S as part of cost cutting measures have been told their jobs are at risk. It is feared 60 posts could go at the security firm out of the near 600 who made the switch.
In a statement released to Calendar, G4S said: "As part of our strategic partnership with Lincolnshire Police Authority to deliver its business transformation project, we have been asked by them to find efficiency savings. In the first two months of delivery we have already delivered savings of around 14 per cent on running costs however, a modest number of redundancies from the 580 staff who transferred over to G4S were always planned as part of the restructuring process."
“We have started a process of consultation with union representatives and affected staff, all from support functions. This is due to end in July. Approximately 60 roles are at risk, however new roles are being created within our business which should mitigate the total number of roles affected. We also intend to help any affected employees to explore alternative roles within G4S."
Deputy Chief Constable Alec Wood told us: “It is always deeply regrettable when people face uncertainty and the possible loss of their jobs, particularly in the current economic climate."
"The former Lincolnshire Police staff now employed by G4S are loyal, valued and in many cases long serving members of the force family and we will always be interested in their welfare and well being. Unfortunately the reality of the situation is that had we not entered into our partnership with G4S the cuts would most likely have been even deeper given the reduction in our funding and the savings we must make."
"It is to be hoped that many of those at risk will be redeployed within the wider G4S organisation, an option that did not exist when they were employed by Lincolnshire Police.”