A major US engineering and construction services company which helped to build the Guantanamo Bay detention centre is bidding for a role in the largest police privatisation scheme in the UK involving West Midlands police.
KBR, a former subsidiary of the controversial Halliburton group, is seeking a role in the £1.5 billion contract from West Midlands and Surrey police.
The row over the privatisation of the police has seen Chief Constables Chris Sims and Lynne Owens insist that the £5 million project to bring private firms further into policing was not aimed at outsourcing particular jobs or roles.
Instead, their expertise, systems and technology would be used to transform the way forces do things, from beat patrols to murder investigations, the police chiefs said.
KBR, which has already won contracts with the Ministry of Defence, said a “completely new management team” had been put in place since it split from Halliburton.
A spokesman said: “Like many other companies facing the public sector, KBR is interested in the West Midlands and Surrey Police business transformation and service delivery partnership opportunity.”
The two police forces received more than 260 responses after asking private firms to bid for contracts and KBR is now in the running among four consortiums, according to The Times.
Other police forces, under pressure to cut costs in the face of 20% budget cuts, have already agreed deals with private firms.