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Jobs to go at force's G4S-run departments

Voluntary redundancies on cards at Lincs

Some 17 staff jobs are set to go at Lincolnshire Police services run by outsourcing giant G4S.

The multinational company entered into a ten-year contract with the force in 2012, which saw it take on 575 staff in 18 operational support functions.

Its departments include custody, the force control room, crime management bureau and firearms licensing.

In June 2012 the company announced that 10 per cent of the transferred staff were to be made redundant. 

This round of cuts will see 17 posts go, with the company claiming they expect them to be though voluntary means.

Managing Director for G4S Policing Support Services, Declan McGrath, said: "We have started discussions with our staff team about voluntary exit for 17 roles out of the 523 currently working with us supporting Lincolnshire Police.

"This is a small number of positions and it is unlikely that we will look to make compulsory redundancies.

"We remain focused on delivering the smartest and most efficient service for Lincolnshire Police and the county's taxpayers, in line with what we promised to deliver to the force in our partnership agreement signed in 2011."

Since the contract began it has said to have made the force “one of the most efficient” and it has received worldwide attention.

In May, five control room staff were suspended after being accused of massaging performance figures.

Lincolnshire PCC Marc Jones said: "It’s always difficult to hear of potential losses in employment opportunity but it is not for me to tell a supplier how to run their business.

"It is however up to me to challenge our suppliers to deliver the best possible service for the taxpayers of Lincolnshire and I will continue to do just that.

"We are not reducing the level of payment for the contract and I will not accept a drop in the level of service we expect in return."

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