Government to monitor police’s deal

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A GOVERNMENT committee is to “closely monitor” Lincolnshire Police’s contract with troubled security firm G4S.

More than 500 civilian staff from the county’s police force transferred to G4S in April, including those working in finance, human resources, custody, the force control room and firearms licensing.

The ten-year outsourcing deal was worth £230m.

But the firm has come under fire in recent weeks for its failure to meet the terms of a contract to provide security staff for the London Olympics.

Home Affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz said: “Those who monitor this contract should look at it carefully to make sure it is robust and they are carrying out their responsibilities.

“People need to be very careful in the way in which they negotiate private sector contracts – monitor these contracts as carefully as you can and make sure people deliver what they promise to deliver.”

G4S chief executive Nick Buckles said his company was “up to the job” of providing support services for Lincolnshire Police.

But he admitted the Olympic staffing problem was a “humiliating shambles for the company” after the government was forced to draft in an extra 3,500 troops to help with Olympic Games security.

A statement issued after Mr Vaz’s comments read: “We have made a solid start in delivering specific services and savings in Lincolnshire.”

But the company has been told it will not be considered for contracts with other police forces, including Hertfordshire, Bedforshire and Cambridgeshire, after Labour leader Ed Miliband urged the government to rethinkplans to hand over more police services to private companies.