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Serco signs contract for Western Australia Court Security and

Date: 15 Jun 2011

Serco Group plc (Serco), the international service company, announces today that it has signed a contract for the provision of Court Security and Custodial Services (CSCS) to the Western Australian Department of Corrective Services. The contract, which is expected to commence on 31 July 2011, has a value to Serco of around A$210m (approximately £140m) over five years, with two options to extend to a maximum 10-year term.

Under the contract we will provide inter-prison transfers, court security services and the operation of court custody centres. Measures in our proposal to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those in our care include:

  • Correctional Practice training for all staff accredited to a nationally recognised standard for the first time on this contract;
  • new operational procedures with robust systems and processes to identify, analyse, manage and mitigate risks;
  • and regular internal and external audits across all locations.

We will also introduce the Serco Escort Record System (SERS) to support the safe management of people in custody and ensure transparency of service delivery. This proven technology will achieve comprehensive, dynamic security at all times during the movement of people in custody.

Christopher Hyman, Chief Executive of Serco Group, said: "We are delighted that the Western Australian Department of Corrective Services has chosen us to support them in operating their Court Security and Custodial Services. This builds on our achievements and record at Acacia Prison in Western Australia, as well as our expertise in providing this vital part of the criminal justice system in the UK."

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For further information please contact Serco:

Stuart Ford, Head of Investor Relations T +44 (0) 208 334 4122
Dominic Cheetham, Director of Corporate Communications T +44 (0) 208 334 4334
Marcus De Ville, Head of Media Relations T +44 (0) 208 334 4388

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Last Updated: 15 Jun 2011