A private security firm has signed a contract to build, design and help run a police station.
G4S has signed the deal, thought to be the first of its kind, with Lincolnshire Police Authority in a move which could save the force £28 million, the firm said.
It comes amid concerns from the Police Federation that public sector staff could have a sense of duty which the private sector may not.
The police station, based on a hub-and-spoke design with 30 custody cells, will also be extendable in the event of major incidents or anticipated peaks in arrests and is expected to account for a “major proportion” of the savings, G4S said.
The station will also house up to 120 operational police staff and cut running costs by saving £5 million over the next 10 years.
From April 1, and for at least the next 10 years, G4S Policing Support Services will also provide Lincolnshire Police with administrative and operational services including human resources, IT, fleet management, custody services and firearms licensing.
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