All police staff roles put at risk by new outsourcing drive

PUBLISHED: 13:54 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 11:22 19 April 2013

Police and crime commissioner David Lloyd

Police and crime commissioner David Lloyd

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ALL police backroom roles could be outsourced by Herts’ crime czar with “market opportunities” driving decisions.

An existing Herts Police arrangement with Beds and Cambs’ forces is to be dropped while police and crime commissioner David Lloyd searches for savings.

In a statement leaked by Herts Police Unison commissioner Lloyd states: “Work [is] underway to seek further collaboration opportunities beyond those already underway with Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire (Police) will cease.”

He also is quoted as saying: “Clearly there are some things that only warranted officers can and should do. But I want to ensure that all other policing services are considered for outsourcing over the next two years”.

It also reveals the police will now “explore the benefits of outsourcing policing functions which do not require warranted powers”.

Before the statement was sent out commissioner Lloyd, chief constable Andy Bliss, senior staff and representatives of the Police Federation and Unison met.

During yesterday’s (Wednesday) meeting chief constable Bliss is alleged to have said: “If there is a better deal to be had in house, we will very seriously look at that. “However the expectation is very clear from PCC Lloyd that we will be going out looking at market opportunities.”

Herts Police Unison want commissioner Lloyd to look “in house” for savings and think costs could be cut internally.

A union spokesman said: “All Hertfordshire Police Staff and Officers have worked tirelessly over the last three years to implement savings not only through the collaboration of services with Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire but internally within Hertfordshire Constabulary alone.

“We believe there are still more opportunities to make savings internally and we strongly urge PCC Lloyd to give the staff and officers of Hertfordshire Constabulary the chance to do this first before outsourcing services.

“In public service we feel morally obliged to do what is right and necessary to help those affected by crime, in private enterprise the only imperative is to service contractual obligations and thereby maximise profit.”

The announcement follows a failed outsourcing bid with private security firm G4S which cost the force more than £200,000.


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