Police computing not to be outsourced....
Tentative plans to outsource Cambridgeshire Police back office services to the security company G4S have been formally dropped, although this predictable outcome has been on the cards for several months .
Doubts about the firms involvement circulated weeks before the London Olympic Games. G4S was the firm who managed to engineer a major shambles of its Olympics contract. The government had to draft m in some 3,500 extra troops at the last minute, along with an increased number of police officers from forces all around the country (including Cambridgeshire) to make up the numbers that G4S contractually claimed they would have had in place by the start of the London games.
Along with the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire forces, Cambridgeshire was looking into the possibility of outsourcing over 1,100 roles including IT, Human Resources, and finance. However computer services companies, had already questioned the level of developer/ programming level of computing expertise available to the firm,
G4S already has a contract to work with Lincolnshire Police, a contract set up well before the G4S Olympics debacle
G4S suggested savings over current expenditure would be in the region of £73 million, although a spokesman on the BBC claimed the savings could top £100 million,; the Commissioners Budget Report is on this link . Neither figure could however be fully tested prior to execution of the contract. It was to take a meeting of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Police together with the recently appointed Crime Commissioners, to confirm the G4S proposals have now been dropped.
Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Sir Graham Bright commented: "I have worked with the commissioners and chief constables for Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire to evaluate the framework delivered by G4S in Lincolnshire. Following a rigorous review we have come to the shared decision not to proceed further. I still firmly think that working closely with other forces is the key to making the savings needed in the future. He was later interviewed on Paul Staintons' BBC Cambridgeshire Bigger Breakfast Show, transcript here.
"I have always said that I am not against outsourcing completely. I will make any decisions about how services are provided in the future based on what is in the best interests of Cambridgeshire and *** Peterborough."
*** Perhaps someone should gently remind Sir Graham that Peterborough is still in Cambridgeshire!
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