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West Midlands Police Authority is privatising policing services under the Business Partnering for Policing programme; the services include core police functions such as responsibility for the custody of prisoners and investigating crimes.
We believe this privatisation to be wrong for these reasons:
• Privatised services are run for profit – privatising any aspect of policing brings the danger that profits are put before people.
• Privatised policing services will no longer be directly accountable to the public and this is a threat to the civil liberties of citizens.
• Companies who have been shortlisted to provide services to West Midlands Police, include KBR and G4S who have questionable human rights records.
We the undersigned believe the police are a public service and all aspects Policing must remain accountable to the Public and call on West Midlands Police Authority to immediately end the privatisation of Police services in the West Midlands: