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Privatisation Plans: Companies Meet Police

A Bidders Conference sees 64 private firms meet West Midlands and Surrey forces with a timetable for the procurement process drawn-up

Sixty four companies have attended a Bidders Conference in London as part of West Midlands and Surrey Police’s proposals to consider outsourcing some of its services to the private sector.

The conference marks the first proactive stage of the forces’ search for a tender to potentially partner with and a timeline for the procurement process, PoliceOracle.com can reveal. The chosen company would be in line for a lucrative £1.5 billion contract.

Surrey police said the process is due to run until October 2012 with final contract negotiations expected to take “several months”.

The incoming Police and Crime Commissioner, who is due to be elected in November, would then have the choice of whether the plan is approved in spring 2013, a spokesman said. There would then be a six-month transition period before anything is introduced.

The conference, which took place at the Congress Centre on March 13 in the capital, saw 120 delegates from a range of business sectors attending as well as police authorities and staff associations. Names of the companies which attended were not revealed. But PoliceOracle.com is aware that major player, G4S, was present.

Surrey said there was potential for other companies who had not attended the day to still submit an official questionnaire. The questionnaire will count as an expression of interest, and means that a company is looking to put itself forward as a potential contractor.

West Midlands and Surrey agreed to work on the draft framework of outsourcing services together after they volunteered for a pilot project put forward by minister for Policing and Criminal Justice Minister, Nick Herbert.

However the exact services that could be outsourced are yet to be named.

Both chief constables said at the conference that working with the private sector would not be about privatisation and that full control and accountability for all services would remain with them.

They also said that ‘visible patrols’ and powers of arrest would remain the responsibility of police officers.

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