Police unions launch petition to force rethink over plan to offer services to G4S (From Watford Observer)
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Firm behind Olympic security fiasco 'must not have our services' says police union
Police unions have launched a petition calling on bosses to scrap a plan to outsource back office services to G4S in the wake of the Olympic Games security fiasco.
The petition comes after the chief constables of Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire police forces expressed concerns about continuing with the plan – which would affect 1,100 back office roles.
Further work into whether G4S would be able to fulfil the contract was commissioned by the chief constables and a report is expected to be submitted to the joint working group this month.
Steph Raddings, chairman of Hertfordshire Police Staff Branch said: "The three UNISON branches have repeatedly called for Public Consultation in relation to this major issue.
"However, sadly, the three Police Authorities have yet to consult fully with the residents of the three counties.
"The three branches have set up e-petitions to allow the public to voice their opposition to these proposals."
To sign the petition, please visit www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/hertspoliceunison.