Lincolnshire Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) Marc James has said in a statement that he will not be renewing the forces £200 million contract with G4S.
The contract, which commenced in April 2012 and is valued at £22 million per annum was due to be extended when the contract expires on 31 March 2022 by a further five years.
G4s employs approximately 580 people on the contract including force control room handlers, firearms licensing, the Crime Management Bureau, custody detention officers, IT and estates management.
The PCC said that his “decision is absolutely no reflection on the value of the services G4S has provided to Lincolnshire Police or the committed and hard working individuals who have worked for the company on behalf of the county” adding “But as part of my drive to provide the most effective and efficient modern policing service in the UK it is vital that we are fleet of foot in how we deploy staff and develop services and it is imperative we do so within our budget.
The PCC has asked the force to look at a variety of options including moving some services in-house, collaboration with other forces or public sector organisations and awarding contracts to commercial suppliers.
The possibility of creating a wholly owned subsidiary to run some services will also be examined.
The PCC added: “The pace of change in technology, criminal activity and demand for services is much quicker than it was even a decade ago and it is crucial that we have a force able to quickly respond to these changes.
“I am confident the decision will provide us new opportunities to improve the services we provide for the people of Lincolnshire, ensure we invest as much as possible in the front-line and continue to keep communities safe.”
A possible one-year extension may be awarded to G4S to allow for alternative arrangements to be made.
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