Praise for police alternative to privatisation

Members of Bedfordshire Police Authority have praised the force for its work on alternative proposals to privatising some ‘back office’ functions.

Beds Police, along with forces in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, are considering outsourcing organisational support services, which cost it £18 million a year, to G4S.

But the force was told by the authority to also work up its own in-house option for making savings.

At a meeting on October 19, authority members were given an update on the in-house option, known as ‘Option 10’, and said “tremendous” progress had been made.

The new police and crime commissioner, who will be voted in next month, will have to choose between the G4S option or Option 10.