Written on September 24, 2012
The much maligned security company – G4S has won a large contract in Scotland, even after being highly for its management of the Olympics Security recruitment short fall.
Its the Security companies first major UK Security contract since the Olympics, worth somewhere in the region of £13M over five years.
The contract is for the tagging and monitoring of offenders in Scotland, which has been previously managed by G4S’s competitors security company Serco.
Satellite tracking is to replace will replace the prior system which used radio waves to monitor breaches of curfew, etc.
Kenny MacAskill the Justice Secretary stated the development would give law enforcement agencies greater tools in their armoury.
“The vast majority of offenders abide by the terms of the restrictions placed on them upon release into the community,”
“However, for the minority, we want to ensure we do everything we can to deter them from stepping out of line.
“Now that Scotland has the capability to track them by satellite I suspect many of them will think twice.”
David McLetchie, Scottish Conservative justice spokesman, said:
“I welcome the developing of satellite tracking, but it is astonishing that a government which likes to complain about the so-called privatisation of public services is now spending millions employing G4S, the company responsible for the Olympic security debacle.”
The Commons Home Affairs committee said on Friday the company should waive its £57m management fee – although its chief executive said last month he expects it to be paid in full.
The chairman of the committee, Keith Vaz MP said G4S should not be given any further public contracts until the publication of its internal review of the Olympics. This is likely to happen next week.
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