Olympic security fiasco proves private sector role in policing needs rethink, shadow minister tells Manchester

By Dean Wilkins

The G4S fiasco proves the government must rethink the role of the private sector in policing, Labour’s Shadow Minister will announce in Manchester today.

David Hanson MP will join Tony Lloyd MP, Labour’s police and crime commissioner candidate, to launch a petition against 1,500 planned cuts to Greater Manchester Police.

Officers from the force had to be deployed to secure a Worsley hotel – the location of four Olympic football teams – as only 17 of 56 expected G4S staff turned up.

A few days later, only nine out of an expected 140 G4S workers turned up for training in Trafford.

Hanson MP said: “The fallout from G4S and the Olympics raises wider questions about the outsourcing of policing services.

“The Tory-led government’s cuts to policing are resulting in forces coming under pressure to outsource on a scale and at a speed never before seen.

“What has happened over G4S here in Greater Manchester and across the country demands that the government rethinks its position on the role of the private sector in policing.

“We need to be much clearer about where the lines are drawn in terms accountability and value for money. Labour PCCs will be campaigning to ensure core policing functions, such as beat patrol and criminal investigations, are protected from privatisation.”

Lloyd said: “Greater Manchester has been treated disproportionately and unfairly by the government and I will be calling on them to think again to save the 1,500 vital police officer jobs that protect our community.

“The G4S scandal shows the danger of private firms undermining police resilience. Policing is too important to be left in the hands of multi-national companies unaccountable to taxpayers.”

The petition will be launched in Piccadilly Gardens at 10.30am today.

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