LINCOLNSHIRE Police Authority has this morning officially signed a contract with G4S which will see the private security firm take over some of the force’s services for the next ten years.
The contract is estimated to be worth £200 million and is the largest of its kind ever offered by a police authority in this country.
The deal comes as the force looks to address Government cuts of £19.7 million in the next four years.
The police authority had announced G4S as its preferred bidder in December last year and officially signed the deal this morning.
The police authority says ten other authorities are looking at their plans which could open up a £2 billion outsourcing market.
Police Authority Chairman Barry Young said: “We are delighted that G4S will be joining us as a strategic partner.
“G4S shares our values and our ambition to maintain and improve services. It has the skills and the experience to help make a real difference to the way in which Lincolnshire is policed.
“By taking over a range of support functions, G4S will contribute to the Force’s aim of being able to put 97 per cent of its warranted officers in frontline roles by April.
“Crucially, the new strategic partnership will also deliver significant infrastructure investment that will offset the budget reductions called for by the Government.
“I believe we are leading the way. We have demonstrated that it is possible to negotiate a complex agreement in a relatively short period of time that will provide benefits well into the future.”
From April 1 G4S will take on ICT, Support Services, Finance, Assets and Facilities Management, human resources, the ticketing and collisions unit, firearms licensing, crime management bureau, custody, criminal justice unit, force control room, town inquiry offices and the resource management unit.
The contract signed today contains an option for an extension to 15 years.
Kim Challis, Group Managing Director, G4S Government and Outsourcing Services, said: “G4S is excited to be partnering with Lincolnshire Police in delivering this landmark programme, which is the first of its kind in the UK.
“Lincolnshire is leading the way in responding to the challenges of today’s economic environment and this transformation project will mean many of the services provided by the Police will now be delivered externally by specialists who can deliver greater savings and improve efficiency.
“We are particularly delighted to have the opportunity to implement many new innovations, such as our purpose-built ‘Bridewell’ custody suites.
“This new police station will be the first, tangible demonstration of the benefits this partnership will bring to Lincolnshire.
“But others, such as the planned Shared Services Centre, will place Lincolnshire at the heart of Britain’s policing future, generating vital additional income as well as creating new jobs.
“This is an exciting time for Lincolnshire and we are proud to be part of it.”