Five in fight for police contract

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FIVE companies in the running to provide a range of services to Lincolnshire Police have been named.

The contract, involving the widest range of services ever offered in a single contract by any UK police authority, will be worth around £200million over ten years and includes services such as running the county’s main control room and managing custody suites.

Human resources, finance, information technology, legal services, estate and fleet management, strategic development and project management, general and specialist administrative support and criminal justice support are also services being considered as part of the contract, which could run for the next ten to 15 years.

Lincolnshire Police Authority and the police force need to meet an expected budget reduction in the next four years of £20million and in March they started a process to identify potential strategic partners willing to help them to come up with solutions.

The competing companies, which will now go through to the next stage of the process, are: The Capita Bluelight Alliance, Serco and Logica, Steria with Reliance, Northgate Information Solutions Ltd and G4S.

Police authority chairman Barry Young said: “We are delighted that companies with national and international reputations are interested in joining us to transform the way in which we do business.

“Put simply our intention is to provide the best value and best possible policing for the people of Lincolnshire.”

Chief constable Richard Crompton said: “This is a really exciting opportunity to save considerable sumes of taxpayers’ money whilst transforming the service that the public receive from Lincolnshire Police.”