Lincolnshire Police Authority signs £200m contract with G4S to outsource services

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A POLICE force has signed a £200m contract with a security company to run some of its back office services.

G4S, the world’s largest security company, will run some services for Lincolnshire Police after signing the 10-year contract.

From April G4S will take manage IT, support services, finance, assets and facilities management, HR services, central ticket office and collisions unit, firearms licensing, custody, criminal justice unit, force control room excluding the inspector role, town inquiry offices and the resource management unit.

But chairman of Lincolnshire Police Authority Barry Young said the move would be “positive” and would mean police officers would have more time on the frontline.

He said: “There won’t be an immediate change but as time goes by, if things work as we are expecting, we will find things are being run more efficiently and effectively and by April, our aim is to have 97 per cent of our officers serving on the frontline.”

Mr Young said 544 of the 900 civilian staff employed by the force would transfer to G4S.

He said this could result in a “small” number of job losses.

G4S is also planning “significant investment” in the force’s infrastructure and will build a custody suite at the force’s headquarters at Nettleham in Lincoln.

Mr Young said the contract represented “good value for money” because over the 10 years the services would have cost the force £220m to deliver.

He added: “The biggest concern people have is about us working with a private sector company but we have worked hard to make sure all the assurances and guarantees possible are in place.”

The authority started looking for a potential partner in March last year after being told it faced cuts in grants totalling £19.7m over the next four years.

It chose G4S as its preferred bidder in December after receiving 160 expressions of interest and shortlisting five companies. It is the largest contract of its kind offered by a UK police authority.

Ten other forces, including Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire, are in talks with G4S over similar deals.