Policing football matches

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0619
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

How much a) has been spent so far on policing football matches this season; b) what is the total estimated cost of policing football matches for the whole season; c) how much has been recovered from football clubs so far this season; and d) what is the total estimated amount likely to be recovered from football clubs for the policing of football matches for the whole season?

Answer

Answer for Policing football matches

Answer for Policing football matches

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The cost of policing football matches this season to the end of January 2015 (based upon the most current information) is £3,775,802. The amount invoiced to be recovered from football clubs over this period is £926,219 in line with the Leeds ruling.

Like all police forces, the MPS supports private sports clubs who hold events in London under Special Policing Services (SPS) 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'.

My Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime has made representations to Government about this. 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.

It is not possible to provide a forecast for expenditure or income recovery to the end of the season as there are many variables that will impact on the policing provision that is required, namely the number of matches, size of crowds and likelihood of disorder.

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