The security firm G4S has a string of controversies blackening its name, yet it wants to take over increasing amounts of police services.

The firm’s staff already runs backroom departments in the Lincolnshire Constabulary, creating the possibility of serious public safety breaches.

Staff of a private company are loyal to their firm first, and would not have the public interest at heart in the same way police services do – or at least, are duty-bound to do.

What is being proposed is another step towards privatising the police, with a view to having law guardians who serve the rich, rather than the public.

Police forces in England and Wales could save £1bn a year by outsourcing backroom services to private companies, private security firm G4S has said.

The firm signed a £200m contract with Lincolnshire Police in 2012, with G4S staff now employed in backroom roles.

John Shaw, from G4S, said it has saved the force £6m a year – and other forces could “easily” make similar savings.

The Police Federation of England and Wales said any changes should “not compromise public safety”.

Its chairman Steve White also said any savings would have to be reinvested into policing.

Source: Police cuts: G4S says private firms could save forces £1bn a year – BBC News

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