Policing of football matches

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3848
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Do you agree that Premier League football clubs should meet the cost of policing their games on a full cost recovery basis?

Answer

Answer for Policing of football matches

Answer for Policing of football matches

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Like all police forces, the MPS supports private sports clubs who hold events in London under Special Policing Services agreements where additional policing is required on those match days for land owned, leased or controlled by the club.  Under present law, the MPS is not able to recover costs for any additional policing outside this 'footprint'.  Officers are deployed to maintain order and to prevent and detect crime, and not to act as event stewards. How individual events are policed is a matter for the MPS, and the resourcing is planned and agreed locally to minimise the impact on local policing.