Police forces scrap G4S plans

Multimillion-pound plans by three police forces to outsource services to the firm at the centre of the Olympics security debacle have collapsed. Talks between the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire forces and G4S ended, police said.

'Substantial elements' of Police support services will still be outsourced

In a statement, Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said:

I have always said that I would make my decision once the evidence was received and assessed.

It is now clear that the G4S framework contract through Lincolnshire Police was not suitable for the unique position of the three forces.

I am already in discussion with other market providers and will continue to talk with G4S about how they can assist policing support services in Hertfordshire. My clear position is that all elements of support work will be considered for outsourcing or other use of the market.

I made my decision based on evidence and on the recommendations from the Chief Constables. I still believe that substantial elements of policing support services will be best delivered by the private sector and will ensure that this option is immediately pursued.We will now move forward looking at organisational support services, as before.

Police forces scrap G4S outsourcing plans

Multimillion-pound plans by three police forces to outsource services to the firm at the centre of the Olympics security debacle have collapsed.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Strategic Alliance had discontinued negotiations with G4S.

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Strategic Alliance had discontinued negotiations with G4S
Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Strategic Alliance had discontinued negotiations with G4S Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The three forces were looking in to working with G4S in a bid to save £73 million by outsourcing support functions, including switching 1,100 roles, in human resources, IT and finance to the security contractor.

But doubts were raised after the company was forced to admit severe failings over the Olympics security contract last summer, which led to police officers and 3,500 extra troops being deployed to support the operation.

The company also lost out on a contract for prison services last November.

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