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Police Crime Commissioners to discuss G4S outsourcing deal
A plan to privatise some back office police functions in Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire will be discussed by the forces' Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) tonight.
Reports earlier today claimed the proposed deal to outsource police back office functions to G4S had already been rejected by the three forces’ PCCs however, a police statement claims no decision has yet been made.
A Herts police spokesman said: "We can confirm that a meeting of the Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire is taking place this evening (January 29, 2013).
"One of the issues that they will be considering is whether or not to continue with further work to explore the Lincolnshire Police outsourcing contract, with G4S as the supplier, for the delivery of some of the three forces’ Organisational Support services. No decision has yet been reached."
Hertfordshire PCC David Lloyd announced the loss of more than 130 police officer and staff posts in the county during the next financial year as the force looks to make spending cuts of £6.3 million.
Almost a third of these savings, £1.8 million, are planned to be made in IT, HR, estates and finance - all areas that G4S is proposing to take on.
Mr Lloyd told the Watford Observer last week: "We are still awaiting the G4S decision and we cannot make a decision without thinking it through because there are a number of parts to this decision.
"I think that many people will agree that the back office services need to work more efficiently but I cannot confirm whether outsourcing is the answer to this."
Mr Lloyd was not immediately available for comment.
G4S hit the headlines last summer after failing to provide sufficient numbers of security personnel for London 2012.