The West Midlands police authority has given the go ahead for the next stage in plans to privatise back room police services but the unions are calling for the idea to be scrapped.
The timetable for change is being revised. Full public consultation is promised and the force says it wants to fulfill its commitments to the Olympics.
West Midlands Police has been given the go ahead to continue with its Business Partnering for Police (BPP) programme.
West Midlands Police Authroirty has agreed to a revised timetable over the summer and to release funds to support this.
The change to the original process has been agreed to allow a public consultation. It also means they can concentrate on policing the Olympics over the summer.
BPP is exploring the possibility of whether the force can work with the private sector to change the way policing is delivered.
West Midlands Chief Constable Chris Sims said: "We are really pleased that the Authority has given its approval today. Working with the private sector is a real opportunity to bring private sector solutions into policing to really transform the way we work."
Derek Webley Chair of the West Midlands Police Authority said: "The Authority's decision is to support the reframed timeline and release funds to support the next phase of the programme."
Union members from West Midlands Police staff are holding a rally in Birmingham today against plans to privatise parts of the police service.
Charlie Sarell, regional organiser for Unison is "not confident" that public want private firms to help police.
Chief Constable Chris Sims believes that getting help from private firms won't reduce policing quality across in the West Midlands.
Plans to contract some police work in the West Midlands to private companies will be discussed today. Chief Constable Chris Sims insists the force is not being sold off. West Midlands Police is also looking at sharing some units like firearms teams with the neighbouring Staffordshire forces.