Lincolnshire Police Authority is to outsource its IT functions, along with its entire back office, to security firm G4S in a deal worth £200m.
The authority has selected G4S as its preferred bidder to enter into a strategic partnership that will provide a number of services to support frontline policing, including its ICT services, control room, resource management unit, HR and support services.
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In a joint statement from Lincolnshire Police Authority, chairman Barry Young and chief constable Richard Crompton said: “Over the period of the contract, this new approach will make significant savings, while also providing investment in key areas such as IT infrastructure. The subsequent streamlining of processes will free up officer time to concentrate on operational policing.”
The partnership deal has the widest scope of any for policing in the country and is now open to other authorities, they said.
The decision follows the government’s imposition of a 20% cut for all police authorities across the country, to be achieved by 2014/15. In Lincolnshire, that translates to £20.8m in four years, said the force.
In August, Lincolnshire Police was the first force to procure from the National Police Improvement Agency’s online procurement hub, designed to save forces across the country up to £30m.