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Update on organisational support services for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire police forces


Following a rigorous review process the Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire have agreed not to proceed with further work exploring the Lincolnshire Police outsourcing framework, with G4S as the supplier, for the delivery of the three forces’ Organisational Support services.  The decision was taken at a meeting held at Welwyn Garden City on Tuesday, 29 January. 

The Lincolnshire/G4S framework, which was awarded following a competitive process, was initially established to meet the specific requirements of Lincolnshire Police.  It also afforded named forces, including Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, the opportunity to contract with G4S without the additional cost and delay arising from a new procurement process.

Over the past few months, a significant amount of work has been carried out to assess whether the Lincolnshire/G4S framework meets the unique and complex requirements of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Strategic Alliance and it was decided at tonight’s meeting that the Alliance will not progress with this framework. 

Chief Constable Andy Bliss from Hertfordshire Constabulary commented: “My focus remains on continuing to fight crime and deliver a great policing service, yet dealing with the challenge of making significant savings.  I shall be working very closely with David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner, as we now look at all possible options to ensure that we jointly maximise the efficient use of every pound spent on policing in Hertfordshire.”

The work to assess the Lincolnshire Police/G4S framework was sanctioned by the three police authorities for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire in June 2012.  The ‘Organisational Support’ functions that were in the scope of this work were: Human Resources (including Learning and Development), ICT, Finance, Estates and Facilities, Fleet, Procurement and Resource Management.