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The contract is the largest on police privatisation so far, with a potential value of £1.5bn over seven years, rising to a possible £3.5bn depending on how many other forces get involved. This scale dwarfs the recent £200m contract between Lincolnshire police and G4S, under which half the force's civilian staff are to join the private security company, which will also build and run a police station for the first time.
The list of policing activities up for grabs includes investigating crimes, detaining suspects, developing cases, responding to and investigating incidents, supporting victims and witnesses, managing high-risk individuals, patrolling neighbourhoods, managing intelligence, managing engagement with the public, as well as more traditional back-office functions, such as managing forensics, providing legal services, managing the vehicle fleet, finance and human resources.
Originally posted by asala
Yep its slightly concerning, I mean can you imagine! you call 999 and someone comes out and "oh that will be £150 please" example scenario,
You can just see it.. Call out fee's!
I just fear that this may lead to quite a bit of corruption,
Originally posted by CB328
Let me guess- the corporations will get lots of your tax dollars, and they more people they arrest the more they'll get paid? God I hope this doesn't happen in the states because that's what they would do.
Originally posted by Flighty
Can you imagine private companies having access to/ control of the biggest DNA database that the U.K has?
That alone is scary.edit on 4-3-2012 by Flighty because: (no reason given)
G4S chief predicts mass police privatisation
Unite, the union that represents many police staff, said the potential scale of private-sector involvement in policing was "a frightening prospect". Peter Allenson, national officer, said: "This is not the back office – we are talking about the privatisation of core parts of the police service right across the country, including crime investigation, forensics, 999 call-handling, custody and detention and a wide range of police services."