CALL FOR GOVERNMENT RETHINK on role of the private sector in policing

Andrew Gwynne MP has called for the Government to rethink its policy on the role of the private sector in policing after the G4S fiasco.  Andrew will join Tony Lloyd MP, Labour’s police and crime commissioner candidate, to launch a petition against the Government cutting over 1,500 Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officers.

Last week GMP had to deploy officers to provide security at a hotel in Worsley – where four Olympic football teams will stay – after only 17 of an expected 56 G4S staff turned up for work. A few days later only nine out of an expected 140 G4S workers turned up for training in Trafford.

Earlier this year West Midlands and Surrey police invited bids from G4S and other major security companies to take over the delivery of a wide range of services previously carried out by the police.

Andrew Gwynne MP, said: 

“The fallout from G4S and the Olympics raises wider questions about the outsourcing of policing services. The Tory-led Government’s cuts to policing are resulting in forces coming under pressure to outsource on a scale and at a speed never before seen.

“What has happened over G4S here in Greater Manchester and across the country demands that the Government rethinks its position on the role of the private sector in policing.

“We need to be much clearer about where the lines are drawn in terms accountability and value for money. Labour PCCs will be campaigning to ensure core policing functions, such as beat patrol and criminal investigations, are protected from privatisation.”

Tony Lloyd MP, Labour’s Greater Manchester police and crime commissioner candidate, said:

“Greater Manchester has been treated disproportionately and unfairly by the Government and I will be calling on them to think again to save the 1,500 vital police officer jobs that protect our community.

“The G4S scandal shows the danger of private firms undermining police resilience. Policing is too important to be left in the hands of multi-national companies unaccountable to taxpayers.”

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