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G4S IT outsourcing deal with police forces falls through

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire will now increase collaboration to cut costs

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire police forces have backtracked on a plan to outsource IT and human resource services to G4S.

The forces said in August last year that they were still considering the deal, despite G4S coming under fire for under-supplying security staff for the London Olympic Games over the summer. However, according to the BBC, the plan has now collapsed after Police and Crime Commissioners rejected it.

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire are now planning to increase collaboration to cut costs. The three Police and Crime Commissioners are in the process of formalising the decision.

G4S' CEO, Nick Buckles, confirmed to MPs in July that problems with the company's scheduling system was partly to blame for the shortfall of over 3,000 security staff for the Games.

Speaking at a parliamentary committee meeting, Buckles told MPs that he got a call from the group's COO, David Taylor Smith, on 3 July, while he was on holiday in the US, citing problems with the company's rostering software.


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