£200m police outsourcing deal signed

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THE £200million deal for the world’s largest security group, G4S, to run some Lincolnshire Police services was officially signed on Wednesday.

G4S will build a two-storey police office and 30-cell custody suite – most likely at Nettleham, the county police headquarters – as well as run the force control room, town inquiry offices, ICT and other services.

More than half of the force’s 980 civilian staff will transfer to G4S.

The contract is the biggest of its kind ever offered by a UK police authority. Ten others are expected to follow suit.

Lincolnshire Police Authority chairman Coun Barry Young yesterday confirmed Nettleham as the likely site for the new police office and cell block, but said the whole of the estate, buildings and land, will be subject to a comprehensive review.

Last week a source close to police matters said Sutterton, or another site between Spalding and Boston, was being eyed for the new build.