source: BBC News
published: 1 September 2017
G4S, the security firm that runs the Brook House immigration removal centre where nine members of staff have been suspended, has a chequered history dogged by controversies and accusations of malpractice and mismanagement.
The firm operates in around 100 countries worldwide and employs more than 585,000 people. It describes itself as the “leading global, integrated security company” with a mission to be “the supply partner of choice in all our markets”.
Its website says it is the largest secure outsourcing company in the UK and Ireland, with 34,000 employees and a UK turnover of £1.7bn.
Its outsourced operations for the UK government include five private prisons, a secure training centre and two immigration removal centres, as well as accommodation for families awaiting repatriation and secure transportation and electronic monitoring services.