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UK – G4S to hire extra staff for Jimmy Savile investigation

15 April 2013

The UK outsourcing security firm G4S, which was at the centre of a high-profile staffing crisis for the London Olympic Games last year, has reportedly won a major contract to hire extra staff for the Jimmy Savile investigation.

According to media reports in the Daily Mail, the firm will hire more staff to help police deal with high workloads as a result of Operation Yewtree, a police investigation into alleged sexual abuse by British media personality Jimmy Savile. 

But the deal has been criticised by victims of Jimmy Savile as Deborah Cogger told The Sun that G4S staff are unqualified to do the job. “What will people G4S hire know about child abuse and paedophilia? What qualifications do they have to handle sensitive material?,” she said.

Staffing firm Reed Specialist Recruitment are said to be recruiting retired detectives from the G4S Policing Solutions division. 

G4S came under fire from the government over its failure to deliver enough trained temporary staff for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games as the official supplier of security and cash services for the Games.

It had been contracted to supply thousands of security guards across over 100 Olympic venues and told the Government a few weeks before the opening ceremony that it was unable to provide all the contacted staff.

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