Reliance wins major security escort contract with Government’s UK Border Agency

Reliance Secure Task Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Security Group, one of the largest privately owned security groups in the UK, has won the UK Border Agency contract to escort detainees in their care.

Reliance Secure Task Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Security Group, one of the largest privately owned security groups in the UK, has won the UK Border Agency contract to escort detainees in their care.

The contract will begin 1 May, 2011 and last for four years.

Employing over 1,000 dedicated staff on the contract, Reliance will be responsible for the escort and transportation of those detained in the United Kingdom under the Immigration Act. It will oversee the safe custody and welfare of detainees in designated holding rooms, short term holding facilities, in vehicles and while on escort, and within the Juxtaposed Control Area in Calais and Coquelles, France.

“We are delighted to be able to provide this service for UK Border Agency and look forward to working with them”, says Geoff Vinall, CEO of Reliance Secure Task Management.  “It’s a natural extension of a sensitive business sector in which we have developed a great deal of expertise. We have many years worth of experience escorting detainees and young offenders and providing police support services where safety and security are the top priorities.”

Reliance is an established market leader in security services, employing more than 13,000 people and producing an annual turnover of £389million.

Under the direction of the UK Border Agency, Reliance will also be responsible for the safe and secure removal of detainees from the UK, using trained escorts to accompany them to the country of return.

In order to repatriate detainees from the UK safely and securely, it is necessary to provide sufficient escort staff. Escorts are particularly required where detainees are vulnerable (e.g. have a medical condition); or refuse to leave the UK voluntarily; or are being removed on a charter flight. They usually travel with the detainees to their final destination.

Reliance brings a great deal of experience to the process and, prior to the UK Border Agency win, is already a major player in the business of escorting prisoners, working with the prison service and the police authorities. Through its Home Affairs Division, it has numerous long term contracts to provide escorting services in England, Wales and Scotland. Across the UK, for example, it has responsibility for the care and custody of around 37,000 prisoners each month, and provides a similar service to the Youth Justice Board, with responsibilities for around 220 young people each month.

Through its Police Support Service Division, Reliance provides comprehensive support that includes custody, medical examinations, transport of prisoners, and items of evidence between police stations, courts and forensic laboratories.

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Louise Evans
Loop PR
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Reliance is one of the largest security companies in the UK, successfully delivering services to both public and private sectors for over 30 years. The company provides over 430,000 secure detainee escorts a year through contracts with the Ministry of Justice and the Scottish Prison Service, as well as over 2000 secure movements of juveniles on behalf of the Youth Justice Board.  Reliance also works directly with over a dozen police forces in England and Wales, providing a diverse range of services including management of custody suites. We work with over 196,000 detainees a year, and provide over 60,000 medical examinations on behalf of police forces in 40 locations.

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