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UK – G4S denies £250k contract figure

16 April 2013

In a statement to Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), the UK outsourcing security firm G4S has denied claims that it will make £250,000 from a contract to assist police with the on-going Jimmy Savile investigation.

The firm, which hit the headlines last year, following a high-profile staffing crisis for the London Olympic Games, said to SIA that the figure was completely wrong. The firm added: “Questions over the value of recruiting contracts are confidential between G4S and its clients and are not for discussion.”

G4S Policing Solutions has been contracted to provide extra staff to the police unit dealing with Operation Yewtree, a police investigation into alleged sexual abuse by British media personality Jimmy Savile.

The statement reads: “The 29,000 candidates on our books are mostly retired, police officers or professionals, with extensive experience of working in investigations. They are not employed by G4S; do not report to us; and G4S has no say over their duties, performance or continued employment.

“Candidates are recruited by police forces for their skills and experience. They are not serving police officers and have no police powers. They work in support of the police and will always act under the direction of a senior police officer.”

Staffing firm Reed Specialist Recruitment are said to be recruiting the retired detectives from the G4S Policing Solutions division. The firm has not been available for comment. 

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