G4S can trace its origins back to 1901, when Marius Hogrefe started the guarding company Kjøbenhavn Frederiksberg Nattevagt in Denmark
It’s now based in the UK and has operations in over 125 countries on six continents.
With 657,000 employees, it’s one of the largest private employers in the entire world.
However, it’s plans in the UK go even further. It was recently awarded $250 million to take over half of the Lincolnshire Police Department’s civilian duties.
That move is part of a wider series of privatizations in the UK police force, with a potential value of £1.5 billion ($2.4 billion) over seven years, possibly increasing to £3.5 billion ($5.5 billion) if more forces jump on the bandwagon.
Whistle-blowers within the group said that G4S employees had invented a technique called “carpet karaoke”.
The method involves rubbing a victim’s face onto the ground.
However, under current laws, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, responsible for investigating any wrong doing by police forces, is unable to investigate privately contracted officers.
In the Middle East, G4S is currently under contract with Israeli prisons that hold Palestinian political prisoners.
Source: Our Kingdom
They also help protect West Bank settlements, viewed by many countries (including the UK) as illegal.
1,6000 Palestinian prisoners recently went on a hunger strike to protest their imprisonment and the actions of G4S.
The Arabic text reads “The prisoner Khader Adnan continue an open hunger strike.” At the time of this picture, the 33 year old Adnan had been on hunger strike for 55 days.
The company’s motto is “securing your world”, but their critics aren’t so sure…
British journalist Laurie Penny writes:
What difference does it make if the men and women in uniform patrolling the world’s streets and prison corridors are employed by nation states or private firms? It makes every difference. A for-profit company is not subject to the same processes of accountability and investigation as an army or police force which is meant, at least in theory, to serve the public. Impartial legality is still worth something as an assumed role of the state – and the notion of a private, for-profit police and security force poisons the very idea.