Friday, May 4, 2012

Guantanamo firm's UK police bid for £1.5bn police privatisation scheme

A U.S. company which helped to build the Guantanamo Bay detention centre is bidding for a role in a £1.5billion police privatisation scheme.

The West Midlands and Surrey forces are considering bids to run ‘back office’ functions more efficiently in the private sector.

Yesterday it emerged KBR, a former subsidiary of the Halliburton group, is bidding for the work. However, sources said the company was considered an outsider.

Critics say the deal would see private firms playing a role in work traditionally carried out by police officers, such as crime investigation and responding to the public.

Police representatives said the public wanted police officers and not employees of a ‘major international conglomerate’.

Halliburton, an oil company based in Houston, Texas, was run by Dick Cheney before he became US vice president in 2000. Read More