Nov 9th, 2015
38 Degrees members vote to stop G4S taking over 999 response centres
By Carlton Rose
Last week 38 Degrees members voted on launching a campaign against G4S taking over 999 call handling services in Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.
G4S made such a shambles of providing security for the 2012 Olympics that the army had to bail them out. Now the same private security firm could be in charge of handling emergency 999 calls in the East Midlands. Putting life or death decisions into their hands is a frightening prospect.
38 Degrees members make change happen by working together. That includes deciding together what we should campaign on and how we should do it.
98% of 38 Degrees members who completed the survey said that together we should launch a people-powered campaign to reject G4S taking over 999 response centres in Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire.
38 Degrees members in these areas have started petitions on our Campaigns by You website, calling for the police control centres to stay within their communities and to not be sold to a profit making private company.
The most popular reasons for members wanting to launch a campaign against G4S were worries about ‘private companies getting more control of our public services’ and because ‘G4S have a terrible record’. The full results are shown below: