The campaign continues! Join us on Saturday

Street stall and petitioning

Join us on Saturday to talk to people about the threat of the Policing privatisation for our civil liberties and the accountability of the Police.

Meet at  12pm on Saturday 28th July

By the clock tower on High Street, opposite Marks and Spencers, in Birmingham City Centre,



KBR: Kickback and Bid rigging

From the Final Forensic Audit Report of Iraq Reconstruction Funds

12th July 2012


Mr. Anthony Martin, a subcontracts administrator and subsequently a subcontracts manager with Kellogg Brown & Root, received kickbacks from the managing partner of a Kuwaiti company to award a subcontract related to U.S. military supply lines between Kuwait and Iraq. In conjunction with his duties to solicit bids from prospective subcontractors and negotiate and award Kellogg Brown & Root subcontracts, Mr. Martin selected the Kuwaiti company’s bid and then added $200,000 to the subcontract amount which he then received as his kickback. Mr. Martin was sentenced to one year and one day in prison followed by two years of supervised release and was required to pay $200,504 in restitution. (p 14)

Bid rigging

Mr. Jeff Mazon, a materials and property procurement manager for Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc., the prime contractor for the government under the Logistics Capabilities contract, inflated the bid from one subcontractor and then inflated the bid from a second subcontractor by a greater amount to make the first subcontractor appear to be the lower bidder. Kellogg Brown & Root Services subsequently awarded the contract to the lower cost first subcontractor. The scheme resulted in Kellogg Brown & Root Services paying an excess of $5.5 million to the subcontractor. Mr. Mazon was sentenced to 1 year probation and 6 months of home confinement and was required to pay a $5,000 fine. (p13)


We found weaknesses in Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc.’s fuel receiving, distribution, and accountability processes of such magnitude that we were unable to determine an accurate measurement of the fuel services provided under the task order. These were material weaknesses that could result in the improper use of fuel. (p7)

Birmingham Against The Cuts

West Midlands Police Authority met yesterday in the wake of the G4S’s Olympic debacle leading the newspaper headlines and the consequences being debated in Parliament.

Cllr Bob Jones the Labour candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) arrived outside Lloyd House presenting himself to the TV cameras in front of the mass lobby against the privatisation led by UNISON and Unite.

At the beginning of the meeting members of the public repeatedly challenged Bishop Webley, Chair of the Police Authority, over the exclusion of public questions relating to the human rights records of the shortlisted companies for the BPP.

The meeting considered the belated Business Proposal for the Business Partnering for Policing. The advocates for the privatisation focused on the need to update the IT systems of West Midlands Police with private investment.

Cllr Bob Jones claimed the BPP “is already a car crash, let’s not drive a…

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Stop G4S: Solidarity with Palestinian Political prisoners from Birmingham

Stop G4S: Solidarity with Palestinian Political prisoners from Birmingham

Palestine solidarity supporters protest against preferred bidder G4S for the BPP contract outside Lloyd House, HQ for West Midlands Police

Over 20 supporters of Palestinian rights joined the lobby of West Midlands Police Authority (WMPA) on Thursday 12th July 2012 to protest against G4S, one of the companies bidding to run policing services due its support for Israel’s continued occupation of Palestine in breach of international law.

In the West Midlands G4S is on a shortlist of 6 companies bidding for the privatisation of Policing services.  The Business Partnering for Policing programme is a lucrative £1.5bn contract to privatise a wide range of policing services, including core police functions such as crime investigation and custody.

Prior to the meeting West Midlands Palestine Solidarity Campaign wrote to Bishop Webley, Chair of the Police Authority asking WMPA to remove G4S from its preferred list of bidders for the Business Partnering for Policing contract and setting out the details of G4S complicity with the occupation.

WMPSC has joined with West Midlands against Policing for Profit to campaign against the human rights records of the companies shortlisted for the contract. The campaign made a number of interventions up to and during the Police Authority meeting.

The morning opened with the publication of a letter by public figures in The Guardian and The Birmingham Post questioning ‘ whether these companies are fit to provide police services to the highly diverse communities of the West Midlands.’

At the beginning of the meeting members of the campaign repeatedly challenged Bishop Webley over the exclusion of public questions relating to the human rights records of the shortlisted companies for the BPP. The questions cite Court judgements against G4S and Serco and ask whether the companies declared these findings when they completed the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.

During the debate on the Business case for the BPP, Cllr Bob Jones, the Labour candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner,  acknowledged concerns about the bidders and said that if elected he would not accept any companies on the shortlist who were in breach of international law. This reflected the issues raised by WMPSC in our letter citing G4S activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The Liberal Democrat member on the Police Authority referred to the lobby of his surgery by West Midlands against Policing for Profit earlier in the week and reported that he had found his meeting with our delegation to have been very informative and that people had serious questions about the bidders.

The WMPA meeting was overtaken by events.  Surrey Police Authority and partner in the BPP had met earlier in the day and voted to suspend its involvement in the programme, this created an opportunity for the Labour members on the Police Authority to propose a motion to defer consideration of the procurement timetable due to confusion about the uncertainty and the implications of Surrey’s decision for the partnership arrangement.

The Police Authority voted by 8 votes to 7 ‘not make any further Gateway decisions’.

Decisions about the future of the BPP privatisation programme will now be left until after the 15th November 2012 and the election of the Police and Crime Commissioner. Our campaign needs to address how it will intervene in the campaign to elect the PCC to see off G4S.

Birmingham Against The Cuts

Unite and Unison members working for West Midlands police held a demonstration today, in advance of lobbying the police authority over the planned privatisation of West Midlands Police, which will see not just the support and administration side of the police put out to tender, but also responsibilities for patrolling streets, investigating crimes and detaining suspects. Companies like G4S, Serco and KBR are in line for taking over front line policing duties.

Update: Surrey Police, who were also planning to privatise parts of their force along with West Mids Police, has decided not to go forward with the plans. We hope that West Mids Police will follow.

Update 2: Following the lobby, West Midlands police have decided to defer the decision until after the November Police Commissioner elections – read more about the lobby and decision by clicking here

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Letter to The Guardian: Outsourcing police services in the West Midlands

We are writing to express our extreme concern regarding proposals to outsource key aspects of policing in the West Midlands. Allowing private companies to deliver police services brings the ethos of profit-above-all to this already sensitive and contentious area of policing. The revelations of the Leveson inquiry show again the importance of achieving a police force that is open to public scrutiny. How can this be achieved if policing is outsourced to multiple firms with no accountability? Companies on the shortlist include KBR, which helped build the Guantánamo Bay detention camp, and G4S, which has been dogged by allegations of abuse of asylum seekers in its care. It is debatable whether these companies are fit to provide police services to the highly diverse communities of the West Midlands. We urge all Birmingham city councillors to block this damaging privatisation.
Moazzam Begg, Clare Short, Dr David Nicholl, Prof Robin Cohen, Wilf Sullivan Confederation of Black Trade Unionists , Zita HolbourneBlack Activists Rising Against Cuts, Becca Kirkpatrick, Birmingham Trades Union Council, Lorna Campbell Pan-African Society Community Forum, Freddie Brown Prospect, Michael Nicholas Fire Brigades Union, Mohammad Taj Unite, Dotun Alade-Odumosu GMB, Indira Bhansali Society of Radiographers, Nazerin Wardrop Unite, Andy Worthington, Bethany Shiner Stop Kettling Our Kids, Dave Stamp, Dave Rogers Banner Theatre, Prof Joyce Canaan, Ian MurraySandwell NUT, Prof Gargi Bhattacharyya

The case against G4S, preferred bidder for BPP

Dear Bishop Webley,

Business Partnership for Policing: Preferred bidders

I am writing to you ahead of the West Midlands Police Authority meeting on 12th July 2012 as a residents of the West Midlands to make two requests:

Request 1. G4S and subsidiary companies be excluded from the procurement process for the Business Partnering for Policing (BPP) contract because we believe there is evidence:

a)    G4S is guilty of grave misconduct through its active participation in violations of international and humanitarian laws and norms.

b)    G4S seeks to minimise the scope of its contractual responsibilities within the occupied Palestinian territories to prevent proper scrutiny of its human rights record.

c)    G4S has been repeatedly accused of providing poor services in many of its public sector contracts, making it a wholly unsuitable recipient of the public’s money.

d)    G4S has failed to uphold the minimum standards of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code in its treatment of workers across all divisions.

The detailed background behind this request is set out further down in this letter.

Request 2. Any West Midlands Police force or Police Authority employee or member who has accepted hospitality from G4S group companies and/or holds investments in G4S group companies and/or employment and/or consultancy arrangements with G4S, be excluded from working on the entire procurement process on the basis that they are likely to be compromised and/or have significant conflicts of interest in relation to G4S’s bid on the Business Partnering for Policing (BPP) contract.  This request is based on the belief that as a large multinational G4S has significant resources and so may have the ability to unfairly influence key decision makers in relation to its bid.

To read the rest of the letter from West Midlands Palestine Solidarity Campaign  to the Chair of the Police Authority click on the link The case against G4S