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of the Police Function Elected Council Members: Most of the so-called “industrialized countries” (mostly the US and Europe) are suffering from decades of government growth, coupled with promises of lavish salaries and postretirement payouts to government workers. Britain has been on a downward spiral since the end of WWII, in one way or another. Governments all are forced to deal with this matter, in one way or another. Britain has been dealing with the obvious end of its government unchecked spending which it can no longer afford by utilizing surveillance cameras in great numbers. Now, it is recognizing that many aspects of the police function can be performed by private sector sources. The following articles, appearing via the BBC’s news web-site, are offered for your consideration. Given that the City Manager has identified the likelihood of deficits in the City’s finances for years to come, would it not be wise for the Council to take note of other service delivery models that are being explored by much larger police departments, such as those in England. (This outsourcing of patrol functions is also being utilized by the Los Angeles Police Department). ----2 March 2012 Last updated at 20:54 ET
Police invite security firms invited to bid for roles
The plan talks about private firms being involved in patrolling neighbourhoods
Private security firms could investigate some crimes and patrol neighbourhoods under plans being drawn up for police in England and Wales. The West Midlands and Surrey forces - two of England's largest - have invited bids for contracts from security companies, on behalf of all forces.
Other services provided privately could include supporting victims and managing high-risk individuals. The Home Office stressed private firms would not be able to arrest suspects. Critics have warned that privatising police services will mean that forces will be less accountable to the public. BBC political correspondent Louise Stewart said the West Midlands and Surrey forces had been working together since early last year. This is the first time the extent of their plans to involve the private sector in "middle and back office functions" have become clear. They emerge at a time of 20% cuts to police budgets over four years, with Home Secretary Theresa May suggesting forces could protect "front-line policing" by delegating some work to the private sector.
Our correspondent says the two forces have invited bids from firms including G4S, the world's largest security firm, to deliver a number of services currently undertaken by the police. They include responding to and investigating incidents, supporting victims and witnesses, managing high-risk individuals and patrolling neighbourhoods. In a statement, the Home Office said of the plans: "Private companies will not be able to arrest suspects, and they will not be solely responsible for investigating crime." The contract has a potential value of £1.5bn over seven years but could rise to a £3.5bn, depending on how many other forces signed up, our correspondent adds. That would make it the largest contract to date for a private company to provide police services. Last month Lincolnshire Police and G4S agreed a £200m contract. Under that agreement, thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, half the force's civilian staff will join the private company, which will also build and run a police station.
The Guardian reported it had seen a briefing note sent to companies on the West Midlands-Surrey plans, which said that all services that "can be legally delegated to the private sector" are potentially up for contract.
A West Midlands police authority spokesman told the newspaper that combining with the business sector was aimed at transforming the way the force worked. "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. But Ben Priestley, Unison's national officer for police and justice, told the Guardian: "Bringing the private sector into policing is a dangerous experiment with local safety and taxpayers' money. "We are urging police authorities not to fall into the trap of thinking the private sector is the answer to the coalition's cuts." He added: "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."
Private security firm G4S to run Lincolnshire police station
The agreement with G4S is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK
A private security company has signed a deal to design, build and run a police station in Lincolnshire.
The agreement - between G4S and Lincolnshire Police - is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK. As part of the deal, two-thirds of staff employed by the force would be transferred to the private sector. BBC Home Affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said it was arguably the most radical solution to the budget cuts facing police forces. It is thought the contract will save Lincolnshire at least £20m.
Danny Shaw Home affairs correspondent, BBC News
G4S is the biggest global security company in the world. In the UK, it has a £1bn turnover and employs more than 40,000 people, including staff at five prisons, three secure training centres and two immigration removal centres. The company is also responsible for electronically monitoring offenders and transporting asylum claimants. The contract with Lincolnshire Police significantly extends G4S's reach into policing. But it's not alone: the private firm Steria has a £175m contract with Cleveland Police and the Avon and Somerset force has out-sourced much of its back-office functions in a partnership with IBM. Other constabularies are involved in similar, smaller-scale projects with the private sector - and more are certain to follow.
The Police Federation has raised concerns about the plan, saying police force staff have an "enshrined sense of public duty which private employees may not". Under the plan, 540 civilian workers at Lincolnshire Police will move across to G4S, from April, in what is thought to be the biggest single transfer of police staff to a private company. The police authority will pay G4S £200m over 10 years to deliver a range of services, including human resources, finance and IT. Police authority chairman Barry Young said that, subject to planning permission, a new custody suite would be built at the police headquarters site in Nettleham, near Lincoln.
The security firm will also build a large police station in the county, containing a two-storey office block and a custody suite with 30 cells. Ten other police forces in the country have expressed interest in becoming "strategic partners", which would see some of their services outsourced to the private security company.
Mr Young said: "By taking over a range of support functions, G4S will contribute to the force's aim of being able to put 97% of its warranted officers in front-line roles by April. "Crucially, the new strategic partnership will also deliver significant infrastructure investment that will offset the budget reductions called for by the government. I believe we are leading the way." Kim Challis, from G4S, said: "Lincolnshire is leading the way in responding to the challenges of today's economic environment and this transformation project will mean many of the services provided by the police will now be delivered externally by specialists who can deliver greater savings and improve efficiency. "We are particularly delighted to have the opportunity to implement many new innovations, such as our purpose-built Bridewell custody suites - the first of which will be completed within a year."
22 December 2011 Last updated at 04:00 ET
Lincolnshire Police outsource £200m support contract
Police support services are to be outsourced to a private company in a £200m deal agreed by Lincolnshire Police Authority. The authority has selected G4S as its preferred bidder to provide a number of services and facilities to support front line policing. G4S will be responsible for the operation of the force control centre, HR, training, finance and custody. Police chiefs said the deal would save the force millions of pounds.
The 10-year contract is the first of its kind to be let by a British police authority and is expected to lead to savings of £28m, G4S said.
Britain's 'leanest police'
Lincolnshire Police Authority chairman Barry Young described the decision as "probably the most significant in the history of Lincolnshire Police".
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Some are still ill at ease to be transferring allegiance to a new employer”
He said the contract would mean significant savings for the force and would free up officers to concentrate on operational policing. Lincolnshire Police Unison branch chairman John Gooding said: "It ends a period of uncertainty and shows the way forward but that's tinged with sadness that it's come to this in the first place. "A lot of members have loyally served Lincolnshire Police for many years and some are still ill at ease to be transferring allegiance to a new employer." Chief Constable Richard Crompton said the force's priority had always been to protect the people of Lincolnshire and provide the best value for money. "This new approach will mean that the leanest police force in Britain, which already provides its services at the lowest cost per head of population, will be able to meet the challenges laid down by the government, whilst also meeting the high standards rightly expected by the people of Lincolnshire," he said. The force said it needed to cut £20m from its budget over the next four years.
This idea of outsourcing some aspects of the Palo Alto police function would seem to be attractive, based on costs associated with such an arrangement. Further, a regionalized reorganization of several police departments would offer an ever better economy-of-scale for sharing these costs of such an arrangement across several municipalities.
Wayne Martin Palo Alto, CA
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