FRENCH CONNECTIONS in CRIME CONTRACTS UK
Police privatisation must be stopped, says Lord Prescott MP.
Former deputy prime minister, who plans to stand in first ‘police’ elections, says use of security firms is unacceptable.
“grave threat to traditional policing”
“This is extremely alarming, fundamental change to our police system. It needs to be nipped in the bud now”
A Force for bad connections.
Many officers have been sacked,Charged with offences,Dismissed on Misconduct,jailed for Rape and PAedophilia,the Contracts of Private companies With Policing Will mean More Murders in Cells and Streets,especially When these Bent officers will be given top jobs Within Private Security Contracts.
Why Contracted By An Arrested Chief, Teesside UK Cleveland Police force is Already under a Crime boss Mayor Ray Mallon,he Admitted 15 Crimes in Operation lancett Enquiry sacked as Chief of Cleveland Police to become Mayor.the Chief of the investigation was Found Dead,in a Middlesbrough Hotel,Mallon has Connections to the Biggest Criminals in this Town.Three MP’s Are Dead Who apposed Ray Mallon,one is known to me to be involved With the family Member of the arresting officer,he threatened My Life,he was known to one dead Mp,he was an Ex African soldier. Police did not investigate this.
A Mayor who doesn’t get Any Criminal Backround Checks is THEN Given Zero Tolerance an American idea, After Admitting Crimes.
HEAD OF POLICING. God Help us all.
Attracting the Wrong kind of businesses into. #TEESSIDE.
So Why Not Criminals running Contracts in UK Jails,Prisons,Hospitals,courts,after all the underworld is All About Drugs and its Distributions.
Street patrols could be handled by security firms under the government’s police privatisation plans. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA
Alan Travis and Zoe Williams
Friday 2 March 2012 18.09 GMT
Private companies could take responsibility for investigating crimes, patrolling neighbourhoods and even detaining suspects under a radical privatisation plan being put forward by two of the largest police forces in the country.
(Supply on Demand)
West Midlands and Surrey have invited bids from G4S and other major security companies on behalf of all forces across England and Wales to take over the delivery of a wide range of services previously carried out by the police.
(If it too good to be true it Probably is)
The contract is the largest on police privatisation so far, with a potential value of £1.5bn over seven years, rising to a possible £3.5bn depending on how many other forces get involved.
This scale dwarfs the recent £200m contract between Lincolnshire police and G4S, under which half the force’s civilian staff are to join the private security company, which will also build and run a police station for the first time.
The home secretary, Theresa May, who has imposed a 20% cut in Whitehall grants on forces, has said frontline policing can be protected by using the private sector to transform services provided to the public, but this is the first clear indication of what that will mean in practice. May said on Thursday that she hoped the “business partnership” programme would be in place next spring.
A 26-page “commercial in confidence” contract note seen by the Guardian has been sent to potential bidders to run all services that “can be legally delegated to the private sector”. They do not include those that involve the power of arrest and the other duties of a sworn constable.
Companies who have applied through the Bluelight emergency services e-tendering website have been invited to a “bidders’ conference” on 14 March, with an anticipated contract start date of next February.
The timetable for the programme means it will be subject to final sign-off by the first police and crime commissioner for the West Midlands after their election in November. The existing police authority only gave the go-ahead for the tendering stage last month after a “robust and forthright discussion” which ended with a rare 11-5 split vote.
(What happened to PCC’s being removed)
The joint West Midlands/Surrey “transformation” programme, which has strong backing from the Home Office, looks set to completely redraw the accepted boundaries between public and private and the definition of frontline and back-office policing.
The programme has the potential to become the main vehicle for outsourcing police services in England and Wales. It has been pioneered by the West Midlands chief constable, Chris Sims, and Mark Rowley, who has just moved to the Metropolitan police from the post of Surrey chief constable. The pair lead on these matters for the Association of Chief Police Officers.
(How Many Uk Criminals Own homes)
The breathtaking list of policing activities up for grabs includes investigating crimes, detaining suspects, developing cases, responding to and investigating incidents, supporting victims and witnesses, managing high-risk individuals, patrolling neighbourhoods, managing intelligence, managing engagement with the public, as well as more traditional back-office functions, such as managing forensics, providing legal services, managing the vehicle fleet, finance and human resources.
A West Midlands police authority spokesman said: “Combining with the business sector is aimed at totally transforming the way the force currently does business – improving the service provided to the public.
(What Service is it Really)
“The areas of service listed in this notice are deliberately broad to allow the force to explore the skills, expertise and solutions a partnership could bring.” He said not all the activities listed would necessarily be included in the final scope of the contract, but if the force added other activities later a “new and costly procurement exercise” would be needed.
The contract notice does state that “bidders should note that not all these activities will necessarily be included in the final scope, and that each police force will select some activities from these areas where they see the best opportunities for transformation”. But the police clearly want to test whether it is possible for new areas of policing to be provided by private companies.
(Which is what)
The contract is being offered in two lots, one covering custody services and the second all other services. It envisages that only one company will be awarded the main contract, although a second may run custody services separately.
The West Midlands police are already planning to cut 2,764 police jobs over the next three years and this privatisation programme is not designed to meet the immediate budget gaps. The savings are expected to show after 2014.
Ben Priestley, Unison’s national office for police and justice, which covers many police civilian staff, said it was alarmed by the programme: “Bringing the private sector into policing is a dangerous experiment with local safety and taxpayers’ money,” he said. “We are urging police authorities not to fall into the trap of thinking the private sector is the answer to the coalition’s cuts. The fact that the Home Office is refusing to publish its business case – even under FOI [the Freedom of Information Act] – speaks for itself.
(Who Pockets the profits)
(If its Anything like Coast n Country housing they will Paying each other the Highest wages in the world)
“Privatisation means that the police will be less accountable to the public. And people will no longer be able to go to the Independent Police Complaints Commission if they have a problem. When a critical incident happens, a force’s ability to respond will be severely compromised. The only winners are private companies and shareholders who make profits at the expense of local services.”
A number of other forces, including Cleveland, Avon and Somerset, and Cheshire, have been exploring the services that might be offered to the private sector, albeit on a smaller scale.
Cleveland police have a 10-year contract with IT firm Steria to provide call handling, front desk staffing, and aspects of the criminal justice system on top of computer services, finance and training. Reliance security runs Cleveland’s custody suites.
Avon and Somerset had a contract with IBM, called South West One, which suffered problems in its first three years. Some services are to be taken back in-house. Cheshire has a more traditional contract with Capgemini to provide finance, facilities and fleet management.
There is not expected to be any shortage of bidders. When Lincolnshire put its then groundbreaking contract out to tender last March, 12 companies responded with submissions.
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They are listed under my own telephone Mobile number to try and take over my Website listing all what’s Going on in the Police and authority in Middlesbrough.
Steria, which provides outsourcing services for Cleveland police, is planning to reduce jobs by 30, and compulsory redundancies have not been ruled out. Steria has provided ICT, finance and other services to Cleveland police since 2010. http://www.alertdata.co.uk/summaryreport_p.php?formSortTab=employees&formSortDir=&tab=region&transport=w&arRegion=&uEnd=1345935540&uStart=1345244401.
Monday 12 March 2012
Private policing is a boom industry. Forces around the country are seeking to slash costs in the face of 20 per cent budget cuts demanded by Government, and outsourcing to the private sector is the preferred means of trying to balance the books. But the country’s most senior police officers are facing increased scrutiny amid growing disquiet over the “revolving door” that has seen chief constables join security firms scrambling multibillion pound private contracts.
MPs are to examine the need for a register for senior officers joining the private sector, reflecting growing concern about the potential for conflicts of interest, as private companies look to retiring, middle-aged officers for help in chasing lucrative contracts to carry out police duties. Tomorrow, the potential for even serving officers to be lured to the private sector will be raised at the Home Affairs Select Committee.
Jobs for the old boys: Click here to see which Met officers have gone private
It has emerged that the biggest private policing deal to date saw rival companies with two former heads of Scotland Yard on their boards vying for a £200m, 10-year contract to replace traditional policing jobs in Lincolnshire.
The tender was won by the world’s largest security company, G4S, whose board includes the £125,000-a-year deputy chairman and former head of the capital’s police force, Lord Paul Condon. Lord Condon was not part of the bidding team.
G4S led a shortlist of five companies which included a consortium of Capita, Mitie and BlueLight Global Solutions, chaired by Sir Ian Blair, who left the top job at the Met in 2008. Two former chief constables, including chief executive Bob Quick, and the former head of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency are also on BlueLight’s board. At the Leveson Inquiry last week, Sir Ian referred to the “oddity” of people being able to join a firm bidding for work at their former organisation. He raised the possibility of a two-year cooling-off period. Mr Quick said that there could could be a perception of undue pressure if a senior officer left a force to bid for a project to supply it. “Even if it wasn’t true, it can create that perception,” he told The Independent. “It’s only right and proper that all of that is looked at across the whole commercial sector.”
A third former commissioner, Lord John Stevens, who served from 2000 to the end of 2005, is on numerous boards of companies mopping up traditional policing services. They include the biggest private forensic science laboratory, whose workload has increased with the closure of the state-run provider. Poaching police officers is a tried and tested business strategy. The generous terms of the police pension means that some can retire as early as 48 with a full pension and still work.
Private provider Steria said that it had transferred 500 civilian staff from Cleveland Police to its books including a number of retired police officers to carry out a £175m 10-year contract. Steve Matthews, the chairman of the Cleveland Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, said: “I think there should be at least two or three years [gap]. I think it’s inappropriate coming back working for that company.”
Although there is no question of any wrongdoing,WANNA BET. What about this Forensics FRUADS by G4S and Detectives at ClevelandPolice Farce. https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-fA5dsKO_SY8/VCbNM0On3bI/AAAAAAAAAH8/ZdXJQzQ4Kzg/w480-h480/3c62d92b-9c75-4535-9d35-43d7133bf6e3. the Home Affairs Select committee will make the migration of officers to the private sector a “central part of our inquiry into leadership and standards in the police”. The chairman, Keith Vaz, said the committee would consider creating a similar system for former police officers as exists for former government ministers, prevented from lobbying for two years. They must consult with an independent panel before taking up jobs in the private sector.
Mr Vaz said: “To avoid doubt, an open register could be introduced and the template already in place for former ministers could be adopted.” The contract for the Lincolnshire project also allows 10 other similarly sized forces to purchase the same services from G4S, potentially worth £2bn, without going through a separate tendering process, and increasing its grip on British policing. Lincolnshire will act as the “broker”, eligible for a payment in each deal.
G4S already manages 30 custody suites in Lancashire, South Wales and Staffordshire, provides forensic medical services and has 20,000 former police staff on their database which has been used by more than 40 forces. It is in discussions with a number of other forces, The Independent has learned.
A G4S spokesperson said: “We would support any moves to introduce a cooling-off period for retiring senior police officers before they join private companies. This seems entirely sensible.
“Lord Condon’s role as senior independent director of G4S means he has no involvement with individual contract negotiations. We actively seek to avoid conflicts of interest, and our contract with Lincolnshire Police has an exclusion clause for senior police staff of one year.” The West Midlands and Surrey police forces also plan a £1.5bn contract for services, which includes a role in criminal investigations.
The proposals have raised concerns among rank-and-file officers about private staff taking jobs. The police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints commission (IPCC), has no automatic jurisdiction over privately contracted staff. Surrey Chief Constable Lynne Owens told staff: “Any suggestion that a private sector company will patrol the streets of Surrey is simply nonsense.”
Dr Adam White of York University, author of The Politics of Private Security, said the industry had for years poached officers to enhance its “public legitimacy” and aid its expansion. “It also helps them connect to the old-boy network which helps pick up contracts.”
Stuart Lister, senior lecturer in criminal justice at the University of Leeds, said: “The reforms will bring the potential for conflicts of interest into much greater focus.”
Case study: The private-sector firm and a death in police custody
Sharon McLaughlin, 32, died from a “cardiac event” in Worthing Custody Centre in May 2010. She died alone in a cell, probably in drug withdrawal after spending nearly 24 hours in custody for allegedly shoplifting to feed her heroin habit. Officers found dozens of used needles and drug paraphernalia during a strip search, yet there was no mention of her addiction in the initial risk assessment. Sussex police custody suites are staffed by Reliance Security, which is not accountable to the IPCC.
The custody staff believed she was “low risk” because she didn’t complain, so they did not call a doctor. McLaughlin was left in a vomit-covered cell for hours. Someone in McLaughlin’s condition should “always be seen”, according to the medical expert at the inquest. The inquest heard that she asked for the used needles which may still have contained tiny amounts of heroin. The CCTV – the responsibility of Reliance – in her cell failed to record; the time codes on the cameras were also inaccurate. While her death may not have been preventable, officers failed to properly care for her, according to the inquest and an independent investigation, and one of the key officers refused to be interviewed by the watchdog. Alan Crawford, professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Leeds, said: “Contracting out key services raises some big questions about how you hold to account those contracted to do the work.”
Its all bollocks what there doing is getting rid of all Criminal actions of Police officers basically covering up cell Murders and the rest. Un accountability.
I Wouldn’t Trust them Being involved in 3 attempts on my life in. @Teesside. Police cells and At My home, 23 false arrests all went to Employers,with no remorse or Appology from the Corrupt Force.
this is a statement from dc 1309 Alastair Crawford. Not a Trained forensics officer at all.
Falls on Deaf or Ignorant Ears.
This is my case against Corrupt officers that they Won’t investigate. There waiting to build up another case against me.
ClevelandPolice have already proven they Will USE and Abuse Any Tactic that Stems Corruption Claims.
What happens if the Criminal Underworld is involved in Policing Contracts. Watch this space.