Police forces scrap G4S contract

Police forces scrap G4S contract

Raymond Brown

 

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Controversial plans to outsource some police services to G4S have been ditched.

The decision came following a crunch meeting tonight between Sir Graham Bright, Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), and his Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire counterparts.

Sir Graham previously told the News he was unhappy with plans to privatise some police services to the private security company.

He said he wanted to collaborate with other neighbouring forces including Essex and Suffolk and cherry-pick expertise from different constabularies.

G4S came under fire after the London 2012 Olympics fiasco.

Sir Graham met with David Lloyd, Hertfordshire’s PCC and Olly Martins, Bedfordshire’s PCC tonight amid much speculation the deal would be ditched.

Following the meeting he said: ”I have worked with the commissioners and chief constables for Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire to evaluate the framework delivered by G4S in Lincolnshire.

“Following a rigorous review we have come to the shared decision not to proceed further.

“I still firmly think that working closely with other forces is the key to making the savings needed in the future.

“I have always said that I am not against outsourcing completely.

“I will make any decisions about how services are provided in the future based on what is in the best interests of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

“I look forward to continuing to work closely with Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire to meet the financial challenges that face us all.”

At about 7.30pm, Mr Martins said on Twitter: “I can report following discussions with my Herts and Cambs PCC colleagues we have concluded Lincs/G4S contract is not for us.”

For more on this story see Wednesday’s Cambridge News.

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