Andrew Pringle, president of KBR (UK), said:
What we do so successfully for Ministry of Defence at home and on operations can also support the police service in a way that will improve their ability to keep local communities safe.
KBR already provide support services to the police in the UK. We are, for example, supporting the police during the Olympic Games.
Reacting to the news that a company behind the U.S. detention centre Guantanamo Bay is bidding for a police contract in the UK, Shadow policing minister David Hanson said:
The public don't want to see core policing provided for profit by big companies.
The Government is pushing the police too far into contracting out core public policing and they should rule out private contracts for these roles.
The use of private companies must never be allowed to endanger public confidence in policing.
These partnerships can be very effective and, of course, police forces should pursue efficiencies.
But they mustn't cross the line which would put public trust or the principles of impartial British policing at risk.
A spokesman for KBR stressed that there is a new management team in place since the company built the controversial detention centre:
The incidents of the past occurred in 1994 through 2004 when KBR was owned by Halliburton.
Since 2006, KBR has brought in a completely new management team which is committed to best-in-class compliance.
Compliance and integrity are at the very core of everything we do at KBR.
We believe our best-in-class compliance programme, coupled with the unique skills and qualifications of our workforce, will be an extremely strong asset throughout the bid process.
A major US engineering and construction company which helped build the Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba, is bidding for a role in the largest police privatisation scheme in the UK.
KBR, a former subsidiary of the controversial Halliburton group, is seeking a role in the £1.5 billion contract from West Midlands and Surrey police.