G4S supports the UK Border Agency
The pilot commenced on Monday 29th September 2008 and will run for a period of five weeks.
G4S has adapted one of its existing fleet vehicles, currently used for the UKBA’s national escorting contract and will also provide the detainee custody officers who will support the mobile detention facility’s day to day operations.
The aim of the pilot is to test the vehicle in different operational scenarios to see if it complements the existing fleet of vehicles used by the UKBA.
It will visit key transit hubs – service stations where the highest number of illegal migrants have been found by the UKBA to date - across the Midlands.
It will also support larger enforcement operations, where intelligence suggests the number of possible illegal migrants is expected to be large enough to require additional detention capability.
Stephen Wilson, Director of G4S Detention & Escorting said: “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to support this project, and as the main contracted supplier to the UKBA’s escorting and detention requirements, I am confident that G4S’s skills and expertise in this field will greatly assist in the success of this pilot.”