G4S disciplinary action against staff at Lincolnshire Police
G4S's Public Services business in the UK, has today suspended 5 members of staff working withLincolnshire Police following an investigation lead by the force with support from G4S.
The company has been cooperating with an investigation by Lincolnshire Police into allegations that members of staff in the force control room made repeated 999 'test calls' at quiet times to improve perceived overall call handling performance.
Data shows that at no point did these calls put members of the public or other front-line police officers and their staff at risk. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has also reviewed the evidence and has determined there are no grounds to pursue a criminal prosecution. Consequently the matter has now been passed to G4S to deal with under company disciplinary procedures and the 5 members of staff will now be interviewed jointly by G4S and Lincolnshire Police.
Managing Director for G4S Public Services, John Shaw, said:
“We have suspended 5 employees today and have taken swift action to begin our investigation process. While I can reassure the public that at no stage did the actions of these people put the public or police colleagues at risk, I am nevertheless dismayed that this group of staff sought to influence important performance measurements. We continue to work closely with the force and share any data and other information required.
There is no place for anyone in our organisation who behaves in this way and their actions undermine the commitment and the good work of their colleagues.”