Cambridgeshire: Police G4S Talks

More talks are planned about potentially outsourcing some Cambridgeshire Police support services to G4S.

The company has recently been in the national spotlight for its involvement with the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The private firm, contracted to supply security staff at the games, has warned it may not be able to provide enough staff.

Police and army personnel have been put on standby in case they are needed to assist with the security operation during the games.

Cambridgeshire Police, Bedfordshire Police and Hertfordshire Police have been developing a business case about potentially outsourcing some support services to G4S.

The Chief Constables of each force spent yesterday (Thursday) in talks about this proposal, with more discussions planned next week.

A joint Cambridgeshire Police and Cambridgeshire Police Authority reads: "The Chief Constables of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire police forces have met and discussed at considerable length the current situation regarding the work to develop a full business case for the outsourcing of organisational support services through the Lincolnshire Police contract with G4S.

Their meeting enabled them to consider the findings of the review of the contract to date and assess how it could meet the complex requirements of the three forces.

The chief constables are continuing this discussion and will share their assessment with police authority members at a meeting of the Strategic Alliance Joint Working Group early next week.

Any changes to the current programme would have formally to be considered in public by each police authority.

Until the police authorities have decided how they want proceed it is not appropriate to comment further."

The support services being considered for outsourcing include:

  • Human Resources (including Learning & Development)
  • ICT 
  • Finance 
  • Estates & Facilities
  • Corporate Services
  • Corporate Communication
  • Fleet
  • Procurement
  • Legal Services
  • Business Support
  • Records Management
  • Information Management
  • Resource Management
We are currently awaiting a comment from G4S.

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