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Blazing sign makes union position clear over outsourcing back office police duties
This 30ft high flaming sign spelled out police workers’ objection to a plan to outsource some of Hertfordshire's back office police functions to a private company.
The sign, spelling out the words Keep Policing Public, was set ablaze as the finale to a rally held in Stevenage on Wednesday by trade union UNISON.
The union is waging an ongoing campaign against plans being discussed by Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire police forces to outsource back office functions to a private company. G4S is the preferred candidate.
UNISON vice president Maureen Le Marinel said: "I call upon chief constables and the ACPO (association of chief police officers) to speak out before it’s too late.
"Look around at what is happening to the forces who have entered into these contracts and ask yourselves ‘would you be satisfied with the service?’."
The final decision on whether to outsource will be made by the new police and crime commissioner for Hertfordshire, who is due to be elected on November 15.