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Police Privatisation: ACPO Officers Face MPs

Two high-profile chief constables face questions from the Home Affairs Select Committee

Two ACPO officers are set to appear before an influential group of MPs after it was revealed that moves to give the private sector a greater role in policing are being considered.

Members of the Home Affairs Select Committee will be examining the issue during a hearing at Portcullis House in Westminster on Thursday, March 22.

The Committee is poised to hear evidence from Surrey Chief Constable Lynne Owens and Chris Sims, the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police.

As reported on PoliceOracle.com West Midlands and Surrey are currently talking to private firms about the possibility of transferring some policing tasks to them.

The contract could cost up to £1.5 billion over 10 years and the forces have placed a notice in the Official Journal of European Union (OJEU) asking for tender suggestions in relation to a wide-range of policing services.

The proposal has come in for strong criticism from both politicians and unions, who are claiming it sets a dangerous precedent for the future of policing.

However, despite misgivings from some quarters, more than 60 companies recently attended a Bidders Conference in central London as part of West Midlands and Surrey Police’s proposals to consider outsourcing.

The two-part Home Affairs Committee hearing – which is also examining separate issues relating to drugs – gets underway at 11:30am in the Grimond Room.

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