Police’s £200m outsourcing

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LINCOLNSHIRE Police have announced a decision that will transform the way policing is delivered in Gainsborough and the county.

Subject to contract, Lincolnshire Police Authority has selected G4S as its preferred bidder to enter into a strategic partnership that will provide a number of services to support front-line policing.

A Lincs Police spokesman said: “This progressive model, which complements the successful restructuring of the organisation and regional collaboration in the provision of major crime functions, will enable the force to deliver further essential cost savings, whilst underpinning local policing and enabling investment in new technologies.”

The partnership will deliver operational services such as custody and ID units, force control rooms, town enquiry officers and a central ticket office and collisions unit, as well as business support in ICT, HR services and much more.

The total value of the contract is in excess of £200 million.

Lincolnshire Police Authority Chairman Barry Young said: “We are confident that our decisions will not only ensure the best possible outcomes for the communities we serve, but also that they have put us firmly in the vanguard for change in the way British policing is delivered.”

Mr Young continued: “The aim has been to create a model that will transform policing and its delivery – allowing the organisation space to begin to bridge the financial gap whilst maintaining, modernising and improving services.”

He added: “This is not a total solution and the Authority still faces significant financial challenges.”

“But it does provide a solid foundation to secure quality and value for money policing of our communities in the future.”