G4S lands contract worth nearly a quarter-billion dollars to provide transportation and guard services along Southwest border
CBP has decided to stick with G4S, the company currently providing detainee transportation, medical escort services and security guard services along the Southwest border, with a new contract for similar ongoing services worth more than $234 million.
As reported in Government Security News in January 2012, the new contract envisions approximately 450,000 hours of vehicle transportation time and 735,000 hours of operational time by personnel.
The award by CBP was issued to G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc., of Jupiter, FL, on August 22.
Among other duties, G4S personnel will be expected to “transport and guard illegal aliens from their points of apprehension until they are either returned to their country or origin for repatriation or transferred to another agency for long-term detention,” says the award notice.
In other instances, a G4S employee might multi-task as both a bus driver and as a medical escort guard at a facility or medical establishment.
This services contract was conceived as a way to “outsource” some of the duties earlier performed by uniformed personnel of the Border Patrol, in order to give border patrol agents more time to concentrate on detecting and apprehending illegal immigrants.
The operational area for the renewed G4S contract will cover four states -- California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas -- and nine Southwest border sectors, says CBP’s notice.
Further information is available from Shaun Saad at 202-344-1971 or [email protected].