Progress update for police chiefs

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THE Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police Authorities’ Joint Working Group met today (August 22) with chief officers from the three forces.

The meeting was provided with an update on progress and work will continue in accordance with the three police authorities’ decision to develop a full business case that will examine outsourcing the forces’ Organisational Support services via the Lincolnshire Police contract, with G4S as the supplier.

The three police authorities had asked at the end of June for this full business case to be developed, but a review of this approach was requested by the Joint Working Group when it convened on July 23.

That meeting took place against the backdrop of events relating to the Olympics, with concerns being raised regarding G4S’s ability to deliver.

The work to develop the full business case will continue to scrutinise the Lincolnshire Police/G4S contract and assess the ability of the contract to meet the specific requirements of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

The full business case will therefore be completed over the next few months, ready for consideration and a decision by the Chief Constables in conjunction with the incoming Police and Crime Commissioners.