Mercenary corporation G4S privatised police profits


This 2013 video from Britain is called Serious Fraud Office to investigate G4S, Serco.

By Peter Frost in Britain:

Dial 999 for failed firm

Thursday 26th November 2015

PETER FROST is astounded that G4S is still the favourite to win emergency response contracts after its record of custodial deaths

GARETH MYATT was a 15-year-old prisoner only three days into a 12-month sentence at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre, a privatised young people’s prison run by G4S in Northamptonshire. Gareth was only 4ft 10” tall and weighed just six-and-a-half stone.

After a dispute about a toaster he was forcibly restrained by three large adult guards. The restraint technique they used resulted in Gareth becoming breathless before choking to death on his own vomit.

Eleven years later, a damning report published in May showed that things had not got any better. Rainsbrook, which opened in 1999, is a modern secure complex of buildings near Rugby designed specifically to house offenders aged between 12 and 17.

Ofsted Inspectors rated the unit inadequate — the lowest grading — and said young people suffered degrading treatment and that staff were under the influence of drugs. The report also found delays in children receiving essential medical diagnosis and treatment.

Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “This is the worst report on a prison I have ever seen because it is a catalogue of abusive practices that have been inflicted on young children who have no escape.

“These child jails run for profit are secretive and should never have been set up in the first place. Rainsbrook should be closed immediately. No child is safe in this jail.”

Now after 16 years of unsatisfactory management G4S has lost the contract. Over those 16 years at least six members of staff, including some very senior managers, were dismissed for gross misconduct.

So after this horrendous failure by G4S in Northamptonshire, what has the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds come up with?

He has asked that very same G4S to bid for the privatisation of all emergency 999 calls in Northamptonshire. The same 999 emergency calls that so often are responsible for life-or-death decisions. Before Adam Simmonds was elected in 2012 he promised not to privatise police services in Northamptonshire. “I have no intentions of privatising our police force and therefore I would be grateful if you would spread the word that this Candidate for PCC isn’t interested in that agenda,” he told local people.

So just who is Simmonds? He is a Tory and has worked for a Christian advocacy group and as an adviser to the Tory Northampton Council.

Simmonds was elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire in 2012. The election had a turnout of just 20 per cent. He was 35 years old when entering office, making him the youngest PCC in England.

Within three weeks of his appointment, he was accused of hiring friends including his election campaign manager Kathryn Buckle. Simmonds said that he wanted people who wanted him to succeed.

Those appointed included four assistant commissioners, each on a salary of £65,000. Simmonds has a dozen staff in his office at an annual cost of £729,100.

In January 2014 Simmonds received praise from Home Secretary Theresa May. She credited him with “looking at innovative ways to bring the blue light services together.”

Simmonds and local police chiefs have already spent £50,000 on a feasibility study working out how the G4S takeover could work. One idea appears to be having these urgent emergency calls outsourced to a call centre in another country, meaning that any local knowledge would be lost.

Three county forces — Northampton, Nottingham and Leicestershire — are looking [for] a combined privatised 999 system.

Local rank-and-file police officers are horrified, as are civilian police employees whose union Unison is leading a campaign against the 999 privatisation.

Unison regional head of police and justice Dave Ratchford told the Morning Star that the news was “very worrying” and that “justice should not be for sale.

“It is disgusting that we should have businesses trying to turn a profit out of policing. We do not believe that the general public want their policing delivered by a private provider.”

Meanwhile the directors of G4S are getting ready to make a fortune shipping out local life and death 999 calls to a call centre somewhere half way around the globe. That’s the very same company that failed so miserably to police the London Olympics, overcharged taxpayers by millions of pounds for running electronic tagging schemes and failed just as miserably to run Northamptonshire’s Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre.

“Police? Ambulance? Fire? Hold the line please, your call is important to us. We are making a fortune out of it.”

Talking about calling 999 in Britain: this is a live music video of The Clash: London’s burning.

Nick Gargan: Former chief of Avon and Somerset police hired by G4S weeks after being found guilty of misconduct. Exclusive: Mr Gargan landed the job despite a disciplinary process which found him guilty of eight counts of misconduct: here.

THE planned national introduction of a private police force to plug gaps in austerity-hit services is “utterly appalling,” Labour said today: here.

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  1. Thursday 3rd December 2015

    posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

    Scandal-mad security firm hires copper who resigned after 8 final warnings

    SCANDAL-HIT security firm G4S gave a top job yesterday to a former chief constable who had been forced to resign for misconduct.

    Nick Gargan, who headed Avon and Somerset Constabulary, was found guilty of making inappropriate advances to female colleagues, leaking internal emails and using his work phone to send, receive and store intimate images.

    Mr Gargan was suspended by the area’s police and crime commissioner in May 2014 following the allegations made against him.

    In July this year he was found guilty by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) of eight counts of misconduct.

    He has now been awarded a four-month directorial role involving G4S security contracts to run prisons.

    The firm said it had appointed the disgraced former police chief because his “insight and experience will help us support police forces to meet the complex and dynamic challenges they face.”

    The Police Federation of England and Wales issued a statement questioning whether the public could have “confidence in his leadership” following the findings of the misconduct case.

    Mr Gargan resigned on October 16 this year from his £150,000 a year job at Avon and Somerset Constabulary after being given eight final written warnings.

    However, he was awarded three months’ salary — around £35,000 — as a payoff.

    G4S has an appalling history of incompetence and falsely claiming public funds for work that it has not carried out.

    Its record includes the death in 2010 of Angolan deportee Jimmy Mubenga, 46, as a result of being restrained by G4S security guards.

    An inquest returned a verdict of “unlawful killing.”

    G4S also caused a debacle at the London 2012 Olympics, where it was given the contract to provide security for the Games but failed to recruit sufficient staff, leading to the army being called in.

    In 2013, then justice secretary Chris Grayling revealed allegations that G4S had overcharged taxpayers for its government-contracted work of operating the electronic tagging of offenders.

    G4S claimed taxpayers’ cash for tagging criminals who were dead or in prison and the company had to repay £108.9 million.

    The firm is also involved in prisons and security in Israel, where Palestinians, including children, are detained in shocking conditions. It has been accused of mismanaging deportee detention centres in the country.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-5ffa-Sleazy-ex-chief-constable-handed-top-job-at-G4S#.VmDLR7_iMdU

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  2. Thursday 10th December 2015

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    A MANCHESTER NHS trust has raised concerns of poor hospital cleaning standards with public service profiteer G4S.

    A report on a Pennine Acute NHS Trust board meeting at the end of November said that poor standards of cleaning had been noted at all its sites where G4S has a five-year cleaning contract.

    “Concerns about overall contract performance and standards on all sites have been formally escalated by the trust to the G4S regional director,” the report reads.

    “The trust expects to see an improvement in performance and this is being closely monitored on a weekly basis.”

    The trust provides community and mental health services at centres including Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Trafford, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop in Derbyshire.

    G4S is known for its provision of security, but the profiteer also provides cleaning for many NHS hospitals.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-1be5-G4S-accused-of-poor-cleaning-at-NHS-hospital#.Vmnj2L_TcdU

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    • The governments of the First World were directed by the corporations to privatize as much as possible everything they can get away with, for two reasons one to avoid government liability and responsibility and for governments to make money in particular for politicians to bank and make money themselves this becomes a incentive to endorse and two for the elite to strengthen their stronghold on containment of the mass population which is maintained by controlling what money individuals have at their disposal, the down side of this political ideology is the destruction of the planet which also is to destroy the morale of people as for example the destruction of old growth forests in places such as Borneo, and this is achieved through corporations such as HSBC, whom are also backed by governments and these same corporations are committed to laundering drug money, arms trafficking and general criminal activity, the public are seen as a easy prey to plundering tax money for uses such as policing against terrorism, was and fines and a host of varied costs such as tolls, rates and so on all of this or most of this money ends up within the elite coffers and the general public with all their diversions such as porn, drugs, media passive viewing, hedonism, toys acquisition and consumption, Ferrari’s, babies, and so on creates a sort of haze like a dream like quality of existence as if you are in control rather than being controlled.

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