GEOAmey PECS Ltd (GEOAmey) is now delivering three contracts, on behalf of the Ministry of Justice, to provide prisoner escort and custody services across England and Wales, except in London and the East region. This includes managing more than 12,500 prisoner movements every week between police custody suites, courts and prisons as well as managing court custody suites and dock areas.
GEOAmey is a joint venture company comprising The Geo Group Inc. a worldwide leader in diversified custodial, justice and rehabilitation services and Amey, one of the UK's leading public service providers with world-class expertise in managing complex logistics.
The Government tendered four contracts to provide prisoner escort and custodial services. GEOAmey was successful in all three contracts it bid for. The contract regions are:
South West; South East; East Midlands; Yorkshire and Humberside; North East; North West; West Midlands; Wales.
The contracts will last for an initial period of seven years with an option to extend by up to three further years.
GEOAmey has worked in partnership with the Ministry of Justice to develop innovative logistical solutions supported by advanced technology to drive more efficient, safe and secure prisoner movements.
Prisoner escort custody officers and court services officers along with line managers have transferred to GEOAmey from the previous service providers under TUPE arrangements.
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Notes to editors
The PECS contracts
- The PECS contracts will now include all inter-prison transfers. They do not include Category A prisoner movements which will be managed by the Prison Service.
- The three contracts awarded to GEOAmey are worth a total of £90 million per annum
- The Government has previously announced that across all four contract regions the new contract arrangements will save the public purse over £250m, a saving of 20 percent over the seven year contract period.
GEOAmey operates a fleet of nearly 500 modern and purpose built custodial cell vehicles covering some 17.5 million miles annually. Included within this fleet it has taken delivery of over 400 new vehicles that have been designed and built to the company's specifications and on the basis of its analysis of requirements for prisoner movements. These vehicles are configured with 2, 4, 6 and 10 cells and are designed to accommodate the requirements of different categories of prisoners so they can be transported together, enabling more efficient scheduling.
Sophisticated information and communications technology systems support optimum efficiency in scheduling and route planning. In addition the systems enable live vehicle tracking; provide traffic information; and monitor where the prisoners are within the system at any time. Staff in vehicles receive information from the Operations Control Centre via mobile channels. These systems enable optimum utilisation of vehicles and support the Operations Control Centre to provide a more flexible service.
Security and safety has been improved through the installation of state of the art CCTV enabling the custody officer travelling in the vehicle to monitor the wellbeing of each person on a frequent basis
Improved logistics solutions lead to better utilisation of our vehicles fleet and result in fewer road miles travelled. Together with the new lighter-weight, more efficient vehicles, these factors are contributing to energy savings.
GEOAmey employs around 3,000 people across the three PECS contracts.
Further information on vehicles, technology and people can be accessed on the website.
The GEO Group Inc.
The GEO Group Inc. is a leading global provider of custodial, detention and rehabilitation services with operations in the United Kingdom, America, Australia and South Africa. The GEO Group services include operation of prisons and other custodial facilities; immigration detention and removal centres; secure escorted transportation; court services and community re-entry and supervision services. GEO is the largest company providing these services on an international scale, with a worldwide portfolio of approximately 80,000 beds at 116 correctional, detention and treatment facilities and approximately 60,000 offenders under community supervision and electronic monitoring. In the UK GEO operates the Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre, near London and has been selected to operate the Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre near Glasgow (effective from September 25 2011). GEO stays at the forefront of correctional management by providing innovative approaches to custodial care and rehabilitation of offenders, with modern well-equipped facilities and with operating efficiency underpinned by leading-edge technology.
Amey is one of the UK's leading public services providers, managing vital infrastructure and business services and maximising efficiencies for the public sector. Amey offers a complete life-cycle solution from consultancy and design through to delivery and maintenance, across a number of sectors including road, rail, facilities management and waste markets. Amey has world class expertise in managing complex logistics and defining efficient and effective solutions on behalf of local and central Government. It has extensive experience over many years of working in secure environments for central Government departments such as the Home Office and the Ministry of Defence.